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David, Moderator posted:
kuen posted:

What is the difference between 'He is a loner' and 'He is very much a loner'?  Thanks.

Hi, Kuen,

"He is very much a loner" is simply an emphatic version of "He is a loner."

The version with "very much" sounds very strange outside of context.

Here is a context in which the version with "very much" would work:

A: Is he a loner?

B: Oh, yes! He is very much a loner.

Hi David

Does it sound natural to use 'out-and-out' instead of 'very much'  in your example?

A: Is he a loner?

B: Oh, yes! He is an out-and-out loner.

Is there any difference between out-and-out and very much something?

Thank you very much.

 

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