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Difference between So, Very, and Too | Practice

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Instructions

Based on this lesson and the video, complete each blank in the sentences below using so, very, or too, or least.

When you are finished, click “Answer.”

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1. Rings is a good movie, but it’s a little scary for me.

Rings is a very good movie, but it’s a little too scary for me.

2. Indian food is tasty, but this dish is spicy! I cannot eat it.

Indian food is very tasty, but this dish is too spicy for me. I cannot eat it!

3. I wanted to go for a run in the park, but it’s cold today.

I wanted to go for a run in the park, but it’s too cold today.

(Very is also correct, but too expresses the idea that it is impossible to go for a run in the park because of the weather.)

4. It gets cold here in the winter. Sometimes it’s cold to be outside longer than 10 minutes.

It gets very cold here in the winter. Sometimes it’s too cold to be outside longer than 10 minutes.

5. This box is heavy, but John is a strong man, so he can carry it.

This box is very heavy, but John is a very strong man, so he can carry it.

6. Oh, wow! Look at those shoes. They’re expensive.

Informal: ...They’re so expensive.

Formal: ... They’re very expensive.

Note: “Too expensive” is also possible, but it changes the meaning of the sentence to “They're more expensive than they are really worth.

7. A thousand dollars for that suit is not much, but it’s expensive for me. I don’t have that much money!

There are two possible answers for this:
A thousand dollars for that suit is not very much, but it’s too expensive for me.
A thousand dollars for that suit is not too much, but it’s too expensive for me.

Note: The context makes it clear that I cannot spend $1,000 on the suit even though it is worth that much money, so the suit is too expensive for me.

8. I can’t believe you bought me a new computer for my birthday. Thank you! You’re kind.

I can’t believe you bought me a new computer for my birthday. Thank you! You’re too kind!

The above is a special use of “too.” You can also say,
“... You’re very kind.”

9. John was driving fast for that road and had a serious accident.

John was driving too fast for that road and had a very serious accident.

Note: The context makes it that John was driving excessively fast for the road. On a different road, perhaps the same speed would be okay.

10. Karen speaks softly! It’s difficult to hear what she’s saying.

Informal: Karen speaks so softly! It’s so difficult to hear what she’s saying.

Formal: Karen speaks very softly! It is very difficult to hear what she’s saying.

Also: Karen speaks too softly..., but the meaning changes slightly. If she speaks very softly, it’s difficult to hear her. If she speaks too softly, you cannot hear her.

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