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