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  1. She is as beautiful as her sister .
  2. She is as very beautiful as her sister .

Can I use 'very' between

'as' + 'very' + (adjective) + 'as'


If not, why ?

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  • No, You generally don't. But I'm not sure why.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 6:34
  • @Sina, I don't think that's what the OP meant.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 7:39
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    Look what I found: “If Mr. Trump's tax records are as very beautiful as he says, he should be eager to release them for public scrutiny. Will you release them by Super Tuesday? Don't Republican voters have a right to know?” You can find it here cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/…. Seems it is possible, although rare
    – user33000
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 9:29
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    @Sina: that something can be found on the internet is not sufficient to regard it as an attestation. And some of those are not examples of the "as very X as" comparative pattern but simply "seen as very X".
    – TimR
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 10:31
  • @TRomano But some of them exist in English. Does not it mean the pattern is possible? And that some Englush speakers use it? Do not you belive in descriptive grammar? Or maybe you support prescriptive one?
    – user33000
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 12:39

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very adds emphasis to an adjective or adverb- it's heading toward a superlative.

This is appropriate when you are talking about one person or thing, for example

John is very tall

It is not appropriate when comparing two people or things.

John is taller than his brother ... ok

John is very taller than his brother ... not ok

The as.. as construction is also a comparison, and so the usage of very is not appropriate.

John is as tall as his brother ... ok

John is as very tall as his brother ... not ok

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  • John is very much taller than his brother.
    – nnnnnn
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 14:08
  • @nnnnn agreed, but then very is applied to much not to taller
    – JavaLatte
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 14:44
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Yes, this sentence is grammatical, but it is a bit strange. We only normally use this kind of grammar with emphatic adverbs like extraordinarily, not everyday adjectives like very. We would very rarely say something like this, although we might write it. Here are some examples from published books:

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley produced work as extraordinarily ambitious as Prometheus Unbound, as clear and wideranging as A Defence of Poetry Defence of Poetry, as enduringly topical as The Mask of Anarchy, as often recited, quoted and anthologized as 'Ode to the West Wind'.

  • The satiric intention here is to highlight the way that many reporters can have a fixed agenda ... types of information films, to parodies and satires that ironically critique the apparent ... as a cultural practice, the inter-relationship between modes of documentary and comedy is as extraordinarily complex as it is rich and diverse.

As you can see, this type of construction is only really used in ornate literary styles.

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