Is there any other way to express the same meaning as 'very much a...'?
Yes, there is. The first paraphrase that comes to mind is the following:
- He is emphatically a loner.
The adverb "emphatically" has replaced "very much" in "very much a loner."
kuen posted:Could you please give me another example of 'very much' with more context?
Well, let's take this positive example, even if it's a bit old-fashioned:
- When Rebecca's mother asked her whether her new boyfriend was a gentleman, Rebecca assured her that he was very much a gentleman, that he always opened doors for her and never uttered a distasteful word.