When "much" is used as an adverb, can it be used to modify a verb? Does "We all love him much" make sense to you, native speakers?

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    "We all love him very much" makes sense." Without the very, it's awkward.
    – user20827
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 7:28
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    Did it hurt much? Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 10:22
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    strangely, putting 'so' before much makes it perfectly acceptable! Natives? this is a good question +1
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 10:57
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    An adverb can modify a verb. You are right on that. Though an adverb can't modify only a verb, it can others also. Different adverbs work differently. Yes, much modify a verb - "You haven't changed much since I last saw you.". Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 11:20
  • @MaulikV "So" works just as well here you're right. Although it would be correct to say "We gave him much love", you're almost always going to encounter something to augment like "so", "very", "so very" before the use of much.
    – user20827
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 11:55

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Yes, the word much can be used as an adverb.

As per Technic Empire's comments, you should say "We all love him very much". You use very with much in positive sentences. However, you can use much without very in negative sentences. Please look at the following examples of the use of much as an adverb modifying verbs.

He didn't help much.

Thank you very much for the help.

I would very much like to go with you.

I didn't enjoy it much.

I enjoyed it very much.

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