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Good writers avoid peppering their writing with qualifiers like ‘very’ and ‘really’. This post gives you 45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’.
Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’
- “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain
- “‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen.” ~Florence King
- “So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavour, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” ~N.H. Kleinbaum
45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’
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