I have always used the term « j’ai très faim », but I am wondering about the grammar. I believe that « faim » is a noun and « très » is an adverb. I guess that there are times when an adverb can modify a noun? Does it then become an adjective? I have just never questioned this before!
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Just to add to Alan's excellent answer I have noticed that 'trop' is used in a similar way by young people - It doesn't mean 'too much' but 'so much' :
J'ai trop envie de voir Rémi= I so want to see Rémi
Ce film est trop bien = This film is sooo good
Hope this helps!
There's a good explanation here, in particular the quoted section from the book "Colloquial French Grammar: A Practical Guide". It suggests that the similar "j'ai très froid" is correct, because "froid" is an adjective, and "j'ai très faim" has become accepted by analogy.
Thank you both, Alan and Cécile! Fascinating to see how language evolves! The link was very interesting! I just plan to be aware of this in future and be glad that I understand the history of the anomalies!!
J’ai tellement faim ?
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