the very successes

christinabelotserkovets

Member
Russian - Russia
Hello!

Could you help me, please, to understand what very means in the following sentence:

"The very successes of modern medicine have produced issues and dilemmas unknown in previous periods."

Thank you in advance!
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    This use of "very" can be used to highlight a paradox. It's the successes themselves that have given rise to previously unknown (negative) issues and dilemmas.
     
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