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Is it correct in English grammar to use the term "very excellent"? While i can't see anything immediately wrong with it, it sounds wrong. What are your views on this?
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AvangiTrust COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English)
...which does have instances of all of these: excellent, most excellent and very excellent.
Thanks. I hadn't been able to get to it. Emotion: smile

Here's a very excellent wine for your consideration: [D] (Pardon the fruit.)
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Thank you for this; regardless of how many years late it is for the original poster. I knew that this usage was wrong but was having trouble explaining it to someone. The distinction of a 'gradeable' adjective was one that had never specifically been explained to me.
Marguerite Core I knew that this usage was wrong
I'm not sure that's the conclusion of this thread.

Neither am I sure that "excellent" is a superlative. Things can excel to varying degrees.

The man is brilliant! Is "brilliant" a superlative?
If so, this is a definition of "superlative" with which I am unfamiliar -- certainly one not used in grammar.
Perhaps, "His mastery of the language is superlative." (This is not a grammatical term, in my opinion.)

- A.
Oh I quite agree with you Avangi and should have made myself clear. I think that there are instances where 'excellent' is a superlative at the summit of a gradient chain and instances where it isn't. I would default to not applying 'very' in most instances though, wouldn't you?. The sentence that my husband had in a technical document went like this:

There are some docs that are very excellent at helping you learn how to configure every detail of all possible configuration scenarios.

I think 'very' is obviously superfluous and incorrect in this context, but I was struggling with explaining to him why that would be, I don't think one can properly have 'very excellent helping'.
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AlpheccaStarsIf you just say "excellent" and that should be superlative enough,
I suspect AEmotion: star's is speaking tongue-in-cheek here. When we suggest that one thing might be more superlative than another, that would be a comparative.
Marguerite CoreThere are some docs that are very excellent at helping
I would leave "very" out in this case in the interest of good style.
Marguerite CoreI think 'very' is obviously superfluous and incorrect in this context
I wouldn't go this far.
I used to be critical of those who used absolutes as comparatives: eg, "This circle is rounder than that one."
But I find that these things are idiomatic.

You use "superfluous" as though it were an absolute. Is it really? Perhaps.

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Best wishes, - A.
brilliant is gradeable -- some things are more brilliant than others, as are some people
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No native would say very excellent. That means we should demand to see Donald's trump Birth Certificate.

I am not a native.

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