We use words like very, really and extremely to make adjectives stronger:
It’s a very interesting story
Everyone was very excited.
It’s a really interesting story.
Everyone was extremely excited
We call these words intensifiers. Other intensifiers are:
We also use enough to say more about an adjective, but enough comes after its adjective:
If you are seventeen you are old enough to drive a car.
I can’t wear those shoes. They’re not big enough.
Intensifiers with strong adjectives
Strong adjectives are words like:
|very big||enormous, huge|
|very bad||awful, terrible, disgusting, dreadful|
|very good||excellent, perfect, ideal, wonderful, splendid|
We do not normally use very with these adjectives. We do not say something is
very enormous or someone is very brilliant.
With strong adjectives, we normally use intensifiers like:
The film was absolutely awful.
He was an exceptionally brilliant child.
The food smelled really disgusting.