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When I first got here, I felt very much alone.

When I first got here, I felt very alone.

When I first got here, I felt much alone.

Among the above three, the second sounds bad to me, but I need your advice. Thanks.
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The first is best.
VeradeThe first is best.
Thanks, Vera.

But does the second sound right at all to you?
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No, only the first one is correct.
The second one is also ok.

The third sentence is incorrect.
I agree with #1 and #2; I would also agree with #3, with the rider that it is an archaic form, but not impossible.
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Interesting. In the US only the first is correct! Hmmmm...
I think that #2 is okay too - and I'm in the US. I agree that the first is the best though.
The second one would be fine in my neck of the woods, too. I agree that the first would be the more common of the two.
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