Pizza is tasty. Pizza is very tasty. Pizza is delicious. But pizza isn’t very delicious.
The problem is that the adverb ‘very’ and the adjective ‘delicious’ are not used together.
‘Very’ can be used in front of most adjectives, for example: ‘very hungry’, ‘very cold’, and ‘very nice’, and it is used to show a strong feeling. So ‘very tasty pizza’ is a very nice phrase.
However ‘very’ is not used before all adjectives. Some adjectives, for example ‘tasty’, are known as basic adjectives, and they have a strong adjective as a partner, for example ‘delicious’.
Please look at a short list:
basic adjective – strong adjective
tasty – delicious
tired – exhausted
cold – freezing
nice – wonderful
interesting – fascinating
scared – terrified
hungry – starving
‘Very’ can be used with a basic adjective but it is not used with a strong adjective. So ‘very cold’ is OK, but ‘very freezing’ is not OK. And ‘very tasty’ is OK, but ‘very delicious’ is not.
What can we do? The answer is simple: use ‘absolutely’.
The adverb ‘absolutely’ is used with strong adjectives so ‘absolutely delicious’ is what you can say. But, be careful, ‘absolutely’ is used mainly with strong adjectives, so don’t say ‘absolutely tasty’.
If this is very confusing don’t worry because there is an even more useful adverb: ‘really’. This can be used with both basic and strong adjectives, yippee! So ‘really tasty’ and ‘really delicious’ are both OK.
You may think that ‘really’ is not so easy to pronounce, but all you do is touch the top of your mouth with your tongue when you say ‘l’.
So pizza isn’t very delicious, it’s really delicious, especially with ham and pineapple!