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D00M
Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 8:25:14 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Are the phrases 'overly' and 'too much/very much' always interchangeable? If not, could you please give an example where they can't be interchangeable?

I am looking forward to your answers.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:32:31 PM

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"Methinks the lady doth protest too much …."
"You can't have too much of a good thing."
"There's not very much of it left."
"He talks too much."
"I spend too much time worrying."


"Overly" is often equivalent to just "too" rather than "too much".

"I think she's overly impatient."
"I wouldn't be overly concerned about it."
"Some theories are overly complicated."


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