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Grammar – too v. very

The ‘adverbs of degree’ very and too can be confusing, so let’s study the difference!

Look at the two sentences. How are they different?

A: It is very hot.
B: It is too hot.

A is a simple statement – It’s HOT! In this sentence, ‘too’ is the same as ‘really’.

However,  B shows difficulty.  For example, it may be  so hot that people are getting sick (heat exhaustion).

Here is another example:

A: Lisa is very talkative.
B: Lisa is too talkative.

A is a simple statement. Wow! Lisa talks a lot!

But B has a negative feeling. Perhaps because Lisa talks too much and she irritates people.

So remember, using too shows that there is a problem with the situation.

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