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His uncle is in London presently.
His uncle is in London at present.

At present and presently are not synonymous. At present means now, but presently means soon: She will come back presently (= soon)

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It's very hot in Rome in the summer.
It's too hot in Rome in the summer.
It's now too hot to play football.
It's now very hot to play football.

Very simply makes the adjective or adverb stronger. Too means more than enough, or so much that something else happens as a result.

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He's a very strong man.
He's a much strong man.
He's much stronger than I am
He's very stronger than I am.

Use very with adjectives and adverbs in the positive, and with present participles used as adjectives like interesting. Use much with comparatives.

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Zoe scarcely comes to see me now.
Zoe rarely comes to see me now

Scarcely isn't synonymous with rarely. Rarely means not often, scarcely means not quite: I had scarcely finished when he came.

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I saw your friend two weeks ago.
I saw your friend before two weeks.

We use ago in counting from the time of speaking to a point in the past; half an hour ago, three days ago, four months ago, five years ago, a long time ago. We use before in counting from a distant to a nearer point in the past. Napoleon died in 1821, he had lost the battle of Waterloo six years before.

When we use ago, the verb is always in the simple past tense: He came five minutes ago.

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