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Understanding Adverb collocations

Have you ever felt deeply ashamed of something? It was so shameful that you didn't know where to hide your face, the feeling of messing up reaching deep down in your guts (intestines)?

Have you ever sorely missed a loved one? You missed them so much that it felt as if your heart was hurting, hurting so much that it got sore.

Do you see the connection? Apparently there is some connection between the way we feel and the adverb we use to express this feeling.

Here are some more examples:

- Has someone ever been deliberately rude to you?

- When was the last time you made yourself perfectly clear? So clear that there was no doubt what your view was.