No, we can't say that he is very much a loner in context 1. We can use "out-and-out" but not "very much" there. The two have different meanings. That is what I keep trying to explain to you.
kuen posted:Do you mean that 'very much a loner' means a loner to a high degree, but not completely?
No, Kuen. "Completely" simply means that the predicate is accurate. "To a high degree" means not only that the predicate is accurate, but that the thing to which it is being applied in the case at hand is an outstanding exemplar of that predicate.