|1) Adjectives and Adverbs|
- We use very, not very much, before adjectives and adverbs.
adjective - She is very cute. (not - She is very much cute.)
adverb - She runs very quickly. (not - She runs very much quickly.)
|- However, very much is used in comparatives.|
|She is very much healthier now that she is home. (not - She is very healthier now that she is home.)|
|2) Not very|
- Not very expresses quite a low degree.
It's not very cold here today. (Meaning low degree of coldness.)
That salon wasn't very cheap. (Meaning quite expensive.)
|-Note that little can't be used this way.|
She is not very smart. (not - She is little smart.)
|3) Past participles|
- We normally use very much before past participles.
He was very much respected by his students. (not - He was very respected by his students.)
Picnic times will be very much reduced by the new rules. (not - Picnic times will be very reduced by the new rules.)
|- In some cases, we use very with some past participles that are used as adjectives.|
My mother is very worried about my sister. (not - My mother is very much worried about my sister.)
|4) Adverb - very much|
Very much is also used as an adverb.
They very much liked the food. (not - They very liked the food.)