very much

Can one say
[color=red]a. His father beat Pete up very much.

If one can, does it mean

  1. His father beat Pete up frequently.
  2. His father beat Pete up a lot on one occasion.

Many thanks.

The original sentence doesn’t work.

Use either ‘frequently’ (often) or ‘badly’ (usually relating to one incident.)
If you want to combine both (often combined with the force/damage of the beating) then it is possible:
His father frequently beat Pete up badly.

‘Badly’ will not be confused with the alternative meaning ‘in a poor manner’ because of the context.