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I've read some of my possible duplicates: two-adverbs-in-a-row-with-ly, two-consecutive-adverbs-ending-in-ly, and is-it-the-formal-writing-to-use-double-adverbs-like-very-very-or-really-reall. My question is focused on the usage of two different adverbs to give a great degree to an adjective.

The sentence I took from my exercise book is:

You always seem so absolutely contented with life.

Is it not necessary to put 2 adverbs there? I mean either -

You always seem so contented with life.

or

You always seem absolutely contented with life.

is enough, right? Does the sentence sound natural and correct?

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I would say it's a matter of degrees:

You always seem contented with life. (lowest)
You always seem so contented with life.
You always seem absolutely contented with life.
You always seem so absolutely contented with life. (highest)

All sentences are proper and sound proper, the last one being less formal.

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