beaucoup et très

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Beaucoup et très

Beaucoup 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:
J’aime beaucoup la France. I like France a lot.
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.
Victor est très patient. Victor is very patient.
Marcel court très vite. Marcel runs very fast.

Pro tip:
•  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’).
Cette limousine est beaucoup grande. → Cette limousine est très grande. This limousine is very big.
Nous venons beaucoup souvent dans ce club. → Nous venons très souvent dans ce club.

•  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.
J’ai très soif ! I’m very thirsty!
Nous avons très envie de rencontrer Victor. We are longing to meet Victor.

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