Why did the author use 'very' here? Would the meaning be kept if we remove this word?


"Due to the very nature of this evolution, humans face a series of serious problems in relation to their natural environment."


(extracted from a text about the impacts of the Industrial Revolution)

edited Jun 04 '11 at 17:18 coraliecinq Contributor

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In this sense, "very" means "basic" or "intrinsic." It acts to place emphasis on the message that the problems humans face are due to the nature of that evolution. Removing "very" would keep the meaning but remove the emphasis.

link comment answered May 13 '11 at 06:45 Collane Ramsey Expert

I would have to see the preceding sentences, but in this case "very" is used to mean specific, precise, or particular.


link comment answered May 12 '11 at 18:32 Alex Ristea New member

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