Can we use definite articles with adverb words like as, rather, very, much, quite, so, and such, too?

Which one of these is grammatically correct:

(A) He is a very good person.

(B) He is the very good person.

Please elaborate.

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    They can both be correct. It depends on context. – Jason Bassford Jan 3 '19 at 6:56
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    He is a very kind person. He is the very kind person who gave up his seat on the train to you last week. – Kate Bunting Jan 3 '19 at 9:21
  • Usually it's (A), but, as others have mentioned, that doesn't mean (B) "isn't grammatically correct," particularly in expanded contexts. – J.R. Jan 3 '19 at 15:46

A is correct but B depends on the context.

For example:

He is the very good person I was talking about.

There isn't anything special about using a definite article along with adverbs; the same rules apply here.

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