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Hi,

I was wondering if you would help me to know that what does "the very" mean when it comes at the beginning of a passage? When there is no references.

PS I have no sample sentence, it's just for studying demonstrative adjectives, so please give me an example that show proper use of that.

I try an example:
The very prison who can brake out the prison should be both mentally and physically strong.

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The very person who can break out of prison should be both mentally and physically strong.

'Very' = precise; particular: 'That is the very item we want.'
"The very [thing]" also means "that same thing" as though to emphasize the significance of it being the same thing. As though it is surprising that it would be the same.

It's probably more common to say "the very same" than to just say "the very" on its own, but they often have the same meaning.

Let me try examples:
"He shot the very woman who raised him."
"You are Sherlock Holmes?" "The very same."
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Very has a number of overlapping uses. It is often used as an intensifier. Let me give you a few examples.

The very thing we need. (the most suitable thing)
The very heart of the story is what Jack says to Jill. (the real or actual center)
The very thought of it frightened him. (The mere or simple thought
The very man I spoke about is coming in the door. (The same or identical).
The very shame of it made me blush. (The sheer or unqualified).
The very thought made me blush. (identity, used as an intensifier).

A common phrasing is to repeat the noun, adding "very" to emphasize identity:
The man we want is the very man we cannot have.

I hope this helps.
Mister MicawberThe very person who can break out of prison should be both mentally and physically strong.
(laugh with shame) Hehe.. I don't know why I had such mistakes. I am quite ashamed of myself. Emotion: angry I guess it happened because I was sleepy.
And thank you kindly. Emotion: smile
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Thank you very much dear the very one behind the DoNotPassGo!! Emotion: smile
Very good examples.
DoNotPassGo"He shot the very woman who raised him."
Very good example.
DoNotPassGo"You are Sherlock Holmes?" "The very same."
I've never heard "The very same" in American movies, I mostly heard that in British movies.
However, again very good examples, altogether. Thank you.
PaeezI was wondering if you would help me to know that what does "the very" mean when it comes at the beginning of a passage?
The modern uses of "very" stem from an archaic use to mean "genuine" or "true". There is also an archaic word "verily" from the same root (Latin for "truth"), as are the modern "verdict", "verisimilitude", and "veracity". It might help you to think of it that way. The very axe Abe Lincoln used to build his cabin is truly that axe.
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Both interesting and confusing examples.
How should I understand the very in different situations?
And do they exactly mean the very things that you mentioned in the parentheses?

Anyway, thank you for your time. I guess it takes you considerable time.
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