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‘Very’

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Very’.

1

“You must write again very soon.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

2

“My style of writing is very different from yours.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

3

Gaudian very sensibly pointed out how sparse the cover was.

From ‘The Three Hostages’, by John Buchan.

4

Laverlaw is a very good imitation of the end of the world.

From ‘The Courts of the Morning’, by John Buchan.

5

It seemed a very long time ago, and a very long way off.

From ‘The Railway Children’, by Edith Nesbit.

6

“Jane, I congratulate you. You will be a very happy woman.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

7

“I am sure Wickham would like a place at court very much.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

8

“A glass of wine; shall I get you one? You are very ill.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

9

“But are your relatives so very poor? Are they working people?”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

10

“Mind you are a very good girl, and don’t be afraid of me.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

11

“I shall be very sorry to go away,” said she, with a faltering voice.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

12

“So lonely, sir! So very lonely!” cried the child. “Everybody hates me.”

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens.

13

Mr Arabin replied that he was a very distant relative of the family alluded to.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.

14

“That is very true,” said Elizabeth; “though it had not occurred to me before.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

15

“I was very much surprised when I first heard she was going to be married.”

From ‘Emma’, by Jane Austen.

16

Most men want — well, various things, but very few want knowledge for its own sake.

From ‘The First Men in the Moon’, by H.G. Wells.

17

“He seems a very genteel, steady young man, so I hope Miss Julia will be very happy.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

18

As is so often the case, she had married the very worst of those who sought her hand.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.

19

“You are mistaken, Elinor; you are very much mistaken. A very little trouble on your side secures him.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.

20

‘Because,’ replied he, smiling, ‘among the rest of the objects before me, I see a very dirty lane.’

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.

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