Talk:very

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"Very" used in the negative[edit]

I think the following is not covered in the definitions given:

"I am not very tall" does not mean "I am not excessively tall" -- rather it means "I am relatively short". Duoduoduo 17:41, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

I think that's just adverb sense 1 combined with litotes. 86.167.147.9 19:25, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

"Very" used as an adjective[edit]

I have never heard very used as an adjective except in the phrase "very best", in which it means "as best as possible", not as "true, real, actual". Is this a dialectical usage of very, or a potential obsolete usage?

"Very best" is the adverb, I think: "verily (truly) the best". Equinox 17:28, 10 October 2014 (UTC)