Beaucoup et très
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Beaucoup et trèsBeaucoup is used to describe a large quantity, it means ‘a lot’ or ‘much / many’ in English. It serves as an adverb, and can be followed by a noun if we use beaucoup de. Examples:
Nous avons beaucoup d’amis en France. We have many friends in France.
Très means ‘very’ in English. It can be used with adjectives or adverbs.
Marcel court très vite. Marcel runs very fast.
• Beaucoup is never used with adjectives or adverbs (with the exception of plus and moins). If we want to qualify adjectives or adverbs, we use très (‘very’).
• Très is also used with the following avoir expressions: avoir faim (to be hungry), avoir soif (to be thirsty), avoir mal (to be in pain), avoir envie (to want to), avoir peur (to be scared), etc.
Nous avons très envie de rencontrer Victor. We are longing to meet Victor.
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