Cambridge Grammar says

Adjectives which describe an extreme quality can be modified by absolutely, completely, really and totally but not normally with very. Some common examples are:

amazing, excellent, horrified, awful, exceptional, huge, brilliant, fantastic, perfect, delighted, furious, stunning, essential, horrible, terrible,

Her dress was absolutely stunning.

Not: Her dress was very stunning.

That singer is really awful.

Not: That singer is very awful.

It is a really fantastic film.

Not: It is a very fantastic film.

It also says

We also use so as an intensifier to mean ‘very, very’:

That motorway is so dangerous. Everyone drives too fast.

That’s kind of you. Thanks so much for thinking of us.

So, Can "so & very" modify "great"?

Is it ok to say "It's so great" & "It's very great"

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    "Great can have multiple meanings. You might use "a very great amount" (adjective) but not "It's very great to see you" (adverb). People commonly say, "It's so great to see you!" But they might also say, "It's so very great to see you!", so go figure.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Apr 8, 2017 at 2:53
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    So and very are adverbs. Great is an adjective. Repeat after me: "An adverb modifies an adjective or another adverb." That's the thing that makes adverbs so very useful (even if Stephen King hates them) and so very great. How great? Very great.
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 8, 2017 at 3:23
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    Great comments like these pretty much guarantee that the question never gets answered properly.
    – Ringo
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 4:16
  • "So" can be used for all the words you've mentioned.
    – Probably
    Commented May 10, 2017 at 5:30

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Both can be used

so great
very great

though usage of "very great" does not easily come to mind. In "so great", "great" is often used in place of "wonderful".

That's so great.
that's so wonderful

That's so very great!!

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