Is it cold, very cold, too cold or so cold?

Image courtesy of Tina Phillips  / FreeDigitalPhotos.netHello all,

How are you today?

I hope you are all fine and having a very good time…

HUMM!!!  In this sentence we have used “very good”.

Can we say “so goodortoo good?

Too”, “so” and “very” are adverbs that can be used as intensifiers and this means that they can be used before adjectives or other adverbs to intensify their meaning. It is not the same to say just “good” than to say “very good” or “so good” or “too good”.

When to use which depends on what you want to say…

Look at these examples…

It was very cold yesterday.

It was too cold yesterday,

It was so cold yesterday.

We use “very” before an adjective or adverb to make it stronger.  So, if we say “It was very cold yesterday”, we are just making a statement saying that the weather was cold… very cold.

However, if we say “It was too cold yesterday”, we are also saying that the weather was cold but there could be something negative or a problem.

Too” as an intensifier can mean:

  1. More than enough; excessively
  2. To a regrettable degree
  3. Very; extremely; immensely

NOW, if we say “It was so cold yesterday” we are saying that the weather was colder than if we say that it was “very cold in a similar way to saying it was “too cold but without the negative connotation “too cold” may have.

So” as an intensifier means: “to a great extent; to such an evident degree”.

Whenever I think of the intensifier “too” I think of the popular phrase:

It’s too good to be true.

And the song “Can’t take my eyes of you” by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Let’s listen to the song:

  1. Find the lyrics
  2. Now watch the video and sing along if you want… 😉

Take care,

Victoria

NOW Teacher

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