Meaning of “very” in “When he walks the very ground shakes”

In Kung Fu Panda animation Mantis says about the panda: “When he walks the very ground shakes”. What’s the meaning of “very” here?


As Jim said, the word means actual, but I think there’s a bit more to it than that. I think this usage of the word very injects a sense of awe or wonder into the event.

I wouldn’t use very in this way when describing an ordinary event; for example, I wouldn’t say,

When he pushes, the very shopping cart rolls.

but I might say that about a strongman and a locomotive:

When he pulled, the very train rolled!

I’ve never seen the movie, but I get the sense that Mantis either fears the Panda, or else holds the Panda in very high regard.

Source : Link , Question Author : Mahmood Dehghan , Answer Author : J.R.

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