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Very wonderful

Hi GE members,

I would like to know whether VERY WONDERFUL is correct in the following sentence:

The audience was carried away by the very wonderful performance of the soloist.

As I know, wonderful is extremely good, so it is an absolute adjective. Therefore, VERY can't be used with WONDERFUL. Am I right?

Besides, the audience can be used with both singular/plural verbs. So the verb WAS in the above sentence is grammatically correct, isn't it?

By the way, I did a little search in the New York Times with the phrase "very wonderful" and found only 1420 results from its archives since 1851.
If "very wonderful" is correct, then I wonder what is wrong with the sentence.

Many thanks.
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