What’s the Difference between Very and Too?

Shana Goodwin, March 15, 2021

Photograph by Mor Shani

Both “very” and “too” are adverbs, so they come before adjectives that describe a noun.
Examples: The soup is very hot. The soup is too hot.

So what’s the difference? When should I use “very” and when should I use “too”?

“Very” is used to emphasize (give special attention to) the word that follows it. Example: The soup is very hot. (It is not just warm.)

“Too” is used before a word when there is more than what is wanted. Example: The soup is too hot. (Watch out! Don’t burn your tongue!)