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VERY / TOO, very much, too much, too many

VERY / TOO, very much, too much, too many
Activity Drag&Drop
Activity Drag&Drop
Practise the difference between VERY / TOO and VERY MUCH / TOO MUCH. Usage and special cases.
 

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Instructions

Click on the words at the bottom and drag them into the empty boxes of the sentence to complete it. Always choose THE MOST COMMON OPTION.
 

VERY/TOO + adjective/adverb
 
- That tree is very big
- She sings very beautifully
- That mountain is too high for me
- You speak too fast

But we use VERY/TOO MUCH before comparatives

- He is very much taller than his brother  (positive idea)
- This is too much more expensive, I can't buy it  (negative idea)
 
Rest: VERY MUCH / TOO MUCH

(+ noun) I don't have very much money  [but "very much" with nouns is not common, see note 2 below]
            He drank too much gin tonic at the party
(+ verb) I think you work very much / too much

Remember that we don't normally separate a transitive verb from its direct object, and this is especially true for VERY MUCH:

- I like your house very much
- I very much like your house
not: I like very much your house  (like + your house)

 


For more advanced learners


Note 1: VERY MUCH usually expresses a positive idea, TOO MUCH always expresses a negative idea (it is an excess), but in colloquial English (especially American English) you can use TOO MUCH with a positive sense meaning "very very much".

- Oh man, I like this song too much, it's so cool!!


Note 2: VERY MUCH is not very common with nouns, and we only use it with negative sentences. TOO MUCH with nouns is always ok

- I drank very much wine (uhm... ok but not recommended)
- I didn't drink very much wine (not common)
- I drank too much wine (OK)

Also, remember the use of MUCH and MANY. We use MUCH with singular nouns and MANY with plural nouns. The same is true for VERY/TOO MUCH/MANY
- There were too many people and they ate too much food
- That's too much for me
- There are too many cars in the street

Items

Gapped text Items
That song is ______________________ beautiful very / very much / too many / too / too much
Mike is ______________________ tall very much / very / too much / too many / too
Try to speak ______________________ slowly, please too many / very / too / very much / too much
That's ______________________ complicated, I don't understand. too / too much / very / very much / too many
You're dancing ______________________ slowly, you need to go faster, this song is rock, not a waltz. very much / very / too much / too / too many
Things happened ______________________ quickly, I got confused. too many / too much / very much / too / very
Your exam was ______________________ easier than mine very much / too many / too much / too / very
This is wrong, it is ______________________ heavier than what I need. too many / too much / too / very / very much
This composition is horrible. It's ______________________ more complicated than the first version. very / very much / too much / too / too many
You served ______________________ soup, I can't eat all this. very much / very / too much / too / too many
He got depressed because he had ______________________ time to think too many / too much / very much / too / very
We have ______________________ people here, I only need 5 or 6. very much / too many / too / too much / very
This mayonnaise has ______________________ oil, it tastes bad. too much / too many / very much / too / very
I like ______________________ children ______________________ very much / very / -- / too / too many / too much
Everybody enjoyed ______________________ the party ______________________ very / very much / too many / -- / too / too much
She ______________________ likes ______________________ cookies very much / too / very much / too many / -- / too much / very
I miss ______________________ you ______________________ too / -- / too many / too much / very / very much
He ______________________ ate ______________________ pasta too much / -- / very much / too many / too / very
I ______________________ prefer ______________________ this book to that one too / -- / very / too much / very much / too many
We have walked ______________________, let's have a rest, please!! too much / very much / very / too / too many
Total number of items: 20

 

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