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Hi, everyone.

Example: We were (very, much) annoyed by their interruption.

Which one would you choose? Will either one do?

I am tempted to use both without a comma inbetween.
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Hello KM

Recently we made a loooooooong discussion on this sort of issue. Please visit Use of Much with Adjectives.
paco
Paco2004Hello KM

Recently we made a loooooooong discussion on this sort of issue. Please visit Use of Much with Adjectives.

paco

If you're visiting that thread, Komountain, take some sandwiches and a flask of something...

MrP

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After reading almost half of it, I've reached my own conclusion: stick to my intuition.

Thanks, guys, anyway.
KomountainI've reached my own conclusion: stick to my intuition.

It seems a sound one.

MrP
As usual, I did a Google check for that phrase. Here 'All' means all domains and 'GO' means Gutenberg.Org.
'was very annoyed' All/GO=15,300/16
'was much annoyed' All/GO=4,300/203
'was very much annoyed' All/GO=924/166.
Interesting is that the distributions are very contrastive between 'all' (i.e., current speakers) and 'GO' (i.e., writers of classic books). This seems to indicate the usage preference has been changing very much during the past two centuries.
paco
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That's interesting.

Where the phrase stands alone (e.g. "I was ADVERB annoyed!"), I would expect 'very' to predominate; where the phrase continues with the instrument (e.g. "I was ADVERB annoyed by the waiter with the pink bowtie"), 'much/greatly/very much'.

MrP
Hello Mr P

I think your theory is very reasonable. But still there is a tendency that current web users prefer 'be very annoyed' to 'be much annoyed' even in the case 'be annoyed' is used in a passive sense by being followed by a 'by'-phrase.
'was very annoyed by' All/GO=3,160/1
'was much annoyed by' All/GO=607/56
'was very much annoyed by' All/GO=189/16.
Interestingly, Google gives a suggestion that I might be wrong when I put 'was much annoyed' or 'was very much annoyed'. But they don't give such a suggestion for 'was very annoyed'. So I guess Google's grammarians are thinking only 'very' is appropriate among the three adverbs.
paco
Yes; "much annoyed (by)" does have a slightly stiff air.

More googles:

"was greatly annoyed by" - 607

"was greatly annoyed" - 975

MrP
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