What is the difference between “very” and “too”?
Students often confuse these two adverbs. Both come before adjectives or adverbs. Both make those words stronger. However, “very” does not have a negative meaning, while “too” does.
- The test was “very” difficult.
- The test was “too” difficult.
If you say a test was “very” difficult, it challenged you, but you could still do it. In contrast, if you say a test was “too” difficult, you’re worried that you failed.
- The bag was “very” expensive.
- The bag was “too” expensive.
Something that is “very” expensive can still be bought if you save up for it. However, an item that is “too” expensive must be left in the store.
- The movie was “very” exciting.
- The movie was “too” exciting.
It makes sense to say that a movie was “very” exciting, but if you say it was “too” exciting, then you suggest that it gave you a heart attack.
- The party was “very” fun.
- The party was “too” fun.
If you say a party was “very” fun, you enjoyed yourself a lot. If you say it was “too” fun, perhaps you got drunk or did other things at the party that you shouldn’t have done.
I hope this explanation was “very” helpful and not “too” confusing!
Here are three more examples to take a look at.
To learn more about “very” & “too” watch this video explanation.