Too, very, really and so. What’s the difference? 

Too, very and really are similar but they are used differently. The best way to understand them is to see examples. You can see that the different words increase in severity.

For example, you can say both of these sentences:

  • This coffee is really hot-this means that it’s hot but you can drink it with no risk of hurting yourself.
  • This coffee is very hot-this means that although it’s very hot, you can still drink it but with a risk of hurting yourself if you drink too fast. (So, this coffee you would sip, not drink)
  • This coffee is so hot-this has a similar meaning to too.
  • This coffee is too hot-this means it is so hot that you will burn your mouth if you drink it.

Here’s another example:

  • I’m really excited for Christmas! On a scale of 1-10 you are a 8
  • I’m very excited for Christmas! On a scale of 1-10 you are a 9
  • I’m so excited for Christmas! On a scale of 1-10 you are a 10.
  • I’m too excited for Christmas! This sentence could be said but it sounds awkward.

 

  • Kevin is really kind. +
  • Kevin is very kind. ++
  • Kevin is so kind. +++
  • Kevin is too kind. This sentence can have too meanings. I could say that Kevin is too kind and it has a negative meaning. For example, Kevin gave every homeless person he saw $20 and now he has no money left for himself. He is too kind.
    • It has a positive meaning when you are thanking someone. You can say, thank you so much, you are too kind. It is a formal way of showing appreciation.

 

  • That house is big.
  • big house 1.jpeg
  • That house is really big.
  • really big house.jpeg
  • That house is very big.
  • big house.jpeg
  • That house is so big.
  • huge house
  • That house is too big.
  • huge house 1.jpeg

 

So, you’ll notice that we use all of these words before adjectives and after a verb.

That house (noun) is (verb) too big (adjective).

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