[by Liz Walter]
He was very pleased.
The ship is extremely large.
However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic, delighted, huge, furious. For these, the most common adverb is absolutely. Utterly is even stronger, and is usually used for adjectives with a negative meaning:
This apartment is absolutely perfect for us.
At the end of the day, I was utterly exhausted.
Really is slightly informal, and used both with strong adjectives and other adjectives:
Your shoes are really dirty.
Her bedroom is really tiny.
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