45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’


Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’

  1. 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
  2. ‘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
  3. 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 endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays. ~N.H. Kleinbaum

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by Amanda Patterson

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This article has 335 comments

  1. Shwe

    thanks

  2. habebaakiar

    nice

  3. habebaakiar

    hi

  4. habebaakiar

    sfdsgserhrs

  5. mjroxx

    Very useful thanks!

  6. shalamyu

    Very well.

  7. barcahaters

    ^ the irony when the above post used the same words you ask not to.

  8. Mohamed

    Nice

  9. Jan Arzooman

    A precious list. Thanks.

  10. Y.Babadogan

    sagacious and superb

  11. Malcolm Birdsall

    Remember this one? I can’t think it would have sounded so good if he hadn’t used “very”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krD4hdGvGHM

  12. Linda McLaughlin

    Amanda, thanks for the useful list. I made sure not to say “very useful” 😉

  13. jonny reckless

    Glorified thesaurus.

  14. Donna

    Thank you, learn something new today.

  15. Rolf Yngve

    I like “neat”. I like “thin” much more than gaunt. Sorry.

  16. Rolf Yngve

    Oops. Sorry. I just realized the idea was to get rid of the modifier, “very”. Thank you. Exceptional. (not just “very good”.)

  17. HR

    That was VERY helpful! I’m VERY grateful that you wrote that VERY informative and piece.

  18. Arnold

    The Mark Twain quote does not imply that an editor would delete ‘damn’ AND insert a different (stronger) adjective.

  19. roseline bodiford

    Very valuable education…. I didn’t say I like this very much

  20. Sudeep

    great post

  21. b.koca

    it’s a great vocabulary study for us, thanks a lot!

  22. Kety

    How useful it is!!! Thanks a lot!!

  23. My

    Si i should say.. You look scalding.. Instead of very hot

  24. faridah binti talib

    Tqsm

  25. faridah binti talib

    Tqsm

  26. thegruesomes

    fast and quick are two different measurements of time…..

  27. suetommy

    This has long been a quirk of mine. Words really, very, even very very bug me. I have longed stopped using . I figured if it is good, very good doesn’t help, or really fine isn’t necessary when fine is the pictured word. I like your vocabulary to upscale the use of adjectives. Thanks

  28. Simon

    The most useless word in the English language is “should”. If you should do something, then do it.

  29. peacequility

    What a handy resource for those moments the mind needs more than the basics! Thank you!

  30. Holli Murphy

    Great post. ‘Very’ is indeed overused as is the word ‘nice’.

  31. Konapure Santosh

    the post is useful one….I will try to follow the tips for sure..thank you for such a fantastic post….please keep on posting such useful materials

  32. Jerry Proctor

    Very, very I say unto you: don’t.

  33. JACOB PARNELL

    GREAT POST

  34. JACOB PARNELL

    USEFUL

  35. Eric Autry

    Absolutely “superb”

  36. asha

    wow those are very good words i did learn something thanks

  37. Writers Write

    Thank you for the feedback.

  38. Ray

    This just encourages verbosity, which is worse than whatever you were condemning. If a word most suits what you’re going for and is euphonious, then that’s the word you should use.

  39. Denis Hart

    Ray, how would the advice to not use “very” + an adjective, substituting instead a single word for “very X,” be encouraging verbosity? By reducing a two-word phrase to a single word seems to me to be the antithesis of verbosity.

    Also, I am not clear on your preference for euphony in a word. Unless the text is meant to be spoken out loud (e.g., poetry), I think euphony is no better than secondary to precision of meaning.

  40. Andrea

    Thank you! Very useful (:

  41. Robin

    The list is a useful addition to my communication materials. I hope I can remember some of the alternatives.

  42. Me

    Very true, darn it

  43. Donal

    A simple but valuable writing lesson. Thanks so much!

  44. Diane Lee

    Brilliant! Thank you so much.

  45. Wildcard wan

    Can we replace very to extremely…

  46. Wildcard wan

    As you can see the above is related to expression or conversation between someone. Simple word used by people, not everyone knows the word “feeble”. Try saying it to people who are not strong in their vocabs. How the reaction like. If “extremely” were to add in before an action of a simple words does that consider an error?

  47. Nelson Cat

    The fierce hatred of a very woman–J M Barrie; The very blood and bone of our grammar– H L Smith; The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness–John Milton.

  48. Megan

    “very loved” is replaced by “adored.” Love is supposedly a complex emotion humanity has spent thousands of years attempting to articulate properly. If something is “very loved,” was it even loved in the first place?

  49. Tom Khawaja

    Asdf

  50. Kuri Lonko

    ¡Genial!, Copiando y guardando. Thanks!

  51. Larry Johnson

    Excellent in all respects…opened up a new door in my mind…
    Who is this Bella person above…some ancient, furious, atrocious, …. well, you get the point I think. I have emailed you separately for info on your programs…Thank you

  52. Writers Write

    Thank you for the feedback.

  53. Green Thumb Girls

    Thank you VERY much : D

  54. alberto

    I prefer to very hungry, starving.

  55. friskyleroux

    reactions did Vary to this article…

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  57. Dan Toombs

    Thanks Amanda for sharing this. I am keen to start using this superb list of words in my own content writing.

  58. jb rai

    Awesome . Thanks

  59. Will

    Good job plagiarizing this word for word from reddit. How would your editor feel about that?

  60. Kim

    I’m not really sure I like this. It’s always nice to have options as a writer, but I don’t like being told what I should ‘avoid’ saying, because what if words that are more simple are the words that fit what you are writing about more accurately? I wrote a story from a child’s perspective once; ‘atrocious’ and ‘jubilant’ aren’t really something that would fit a four year old’s vocabulary. It all depends on what you’re writing about.

  61. Mark

    Thanks for putting this together. It’s a valuable resource for speakers and writers alike.

  62. grace ebun

    Great, learned so many things.

  63. sabrina

    very informative 🙂

  64. Hidayatullah Soomro

    curious

  65. Stephen Jackson

    Quite a nice article, very colourful. But even as I type these humble words, the machinery is trying to censure me for not spelling in American English. I mean, it’s a lost cause, you know – I mean – you know – isn’t it? Even the machine is trying to censure me, censor me, vilify, suppress, cavil, indoctrinate, besmirch, diminish, disparage, dispraise and berate. Oppobrious, dudes.

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  67. Olivia D. Schuster

    Oh my goodness this is amazing! I love it! I saved the picture so I can remember the words!!! 😀 Thank you!!

  68. John Mata

    This is very nice! Thank you!

  69. tariqmir

    Nice dear

  70. Maria Allison

    what i will say about the post i don’t now because its useful in our daily life. Thanks for this post.

  71. Anonymous

    Great way to learn the better English anytime Thank you

  72. Claire @ A Little Claireification

    Just fantastic – I love this. Thanks so {very} much, Amanda.
    PS: Patterson is a name on my Mom’s side of the fam. 🙂

  73. hal

    thank you very 🙂

  74. Godel Fishbreath

    Very valuable, I bookmarked it.
    and then went back and considered. I had also gotten the advice that the more shorter, Germanic words are the stronger. Which … this .. goes … against.
    But still a valuable lesson, and I am keeping that bookmark.

  75. Sr. Athens

    Superb! Thanks!

  76. Rebecca

    A great reference – thank you!

  77. Emily

    Humor changes proper useage. I find especially when I’m being sarcastic that the very things I usually avoid fit neatly there.

  78. Remy

    This is really helpful for me, English is my second language, and this will help me in my writing

  79. Anonymous

    A very knowlegable idea

  80. yourfriend

    awesome :p

  81. mostafizar

    i learned something,thanks

  82. Cécile

    very great 🙂 Thank you!

  83. nbiloyii james

    Actually the contextualization matters a lot and should be put into consideration, meanwhile note has been taken on the ’45 ways to avoid using the word very’

  84. Xanadu

    So Very Very

  85. Xanadu

    So Very Very

  86. Xanadu

    So Very Very

  87. Joyce

    I love this piece and hate the word very! I need to bookmark this post. Thanks!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/02/dogwood-loves-dogs.html

  88. iqranayab18

    thx it was very helpful =)

  89. Azam

    What if you change very to extremely or incredibly.

  90. Anonymous

    What about “very important”. That is where I use “very” the most.

  91. K

    Could you give me a better citation than just “Mark Twain”? I’m a little off citations on the net. I’d love to know where and when he said it, ’cause I’d like to use it myself. Not in a novel, I would think. And I’m imagining that any essay with that bit in it could be a lot of fun to read. So, if you please?

  92. K

    Oh, what the heck. The more I think about this, the more fustulated I become. This is the comment I left on my kid’s facebook share: Much irritation. When people use quotations, i wish they would give the entire citation. This quotation sounds a bit like Twain, but I never believe ANY internet citation anymore unless I see CONTEXTUAL citation so that I can verify – and perhaps even get the chance to enjoy the entire piece from whence the dang thing came.

    Personally, I don’t consider “very” to be the most useless word. I think that having a boosting quantifier is justified usage – as long as it doesn’t become ubiquitous. On the other hand, the overuse of inflated subject compliments wearies me – five minutes of TV and you have heard enough screaming-level adjectives to deafen you for the rest of your life and to dull your heart, your perceptions – all your senses. So inflating language for emphasis is not all that great an idea. Using the appropriate level of adjective for the situation is best. Very clever does not equal brilliant. Neither does damn clever.

  93. Kimberlee

    Thanks, bookmarking this post (however I do not dislike the word “very” but it is nice to have some other ideas)

  94. Haha

    Very nice

  95. hazel

    What about “Thank you very much”?

  96. NANCYLEE MALM

    NEXT, I MUST REMOVE THE WORD “VERY” FROM MY SPEAKING VOCABULARY. NANCYLEE MALM

  97. Verny

    Exquisite, thanks 🙂

  98. Vernon

    Very nice. Oh wait, brilliant.

  99. Jim Berry

    Thanks for these reminders Amanda!

  100. chloe

    excellent resource especially for my children.thank you

  101. Robbie

    how about berry is that acceptable? I guess not..your mind is incredible!

  102. Jane Mathis

    I use simple words. but i will need this. Thanks

  103. Lilly Reiss

    Wasn’t good in school failed everything– system just passed me for hell of it and this affected me terribly in foster care horrible a hearing upbringing age 61 Help me any you can thank you!!

  104. Taleb Hamad

    I”m so jubilant to substitute an ancient words with a superb one . thank U.

  105. David Richardson Santana

    Thanks you for teaching new point of view about to have good comunication

  106. James Mulhern

    Excellent resource for my high school and college classes. Thank you.

  107. jen

    Useful! Thanks

  108. Victory Odunjo

    I love this.. I find this piece impactful.. Thanks

  109. Brittney

    This was an interesting post. I never thought about how many times I use the word very and now I will try to use other words to eliminate the word very😊

  110. Patricia McCale

    I have a very limited vocabulary and have been working very hard on learning new words. Thank you so much for giving me some new much needed ammunition!

  111. terre

    While I do agree that very anything should be reconsidered, I would not take the extreme position that it is never appropriate in writing. I opine that the author agrees, and wants only to encourage more descriptive words when very would dilute the message by introducing emphasis, where none should be necessary. If it is, it is. But sometimes there are degrees, as in love. A good test would be to ask yourself if something is extremely so. If it is, substitute another word.

  112. danonek

    nice! 😀

  113. Abdul touseef

    Superb talent

  114. Crystal

    I love this list! Glad I “StumbledUpon” it!

  115. srinivas

    Sri Amma Bhagavan beautiful quotations

  116. Mukesh

    *VERY* helpful

  117. CraigE

    “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King. -ly words should also be used sparingly….or not at all.

  118. Neha

    i adored this………………

  119. dich vu bao ve

    Thanks for these reminders Amanda!

  120. Robert

    Cool

  121. L J Acree

    As a rather new blogger, your article was helpful to me – I would say “very helpful” but I will refrain. Thanks for the share.

  122. L J Acree

    Brilliantly written. I especially like the table.

  123. L J Acree

    Brilliantly written. I especially like the table.

  124. Greg

    This little entry actually contains two pieces of advice:

    One is to leave out ‘very’, which in most cases will serve to strengthen the force of the adjective. If you tell me someone was ‘very upset’, I’ll suspect them of putting on a show. If you tell me they were ‘upset’, I’ll see the feeling as genuine and, if I was the cause, be more likely to feel upset myself.

    The second is to enrich your vocabulary by using a greater variety of adjectives. This is also sound advice.

    But I don’t agree that (1) and (2) are the same thing. Substituting adjectives is not a good way to avoid the use of ‘very’. Those adjectives have their own peculiar nuances and should only be used where they are really appropriate. To say ‘I was very happy’ is quite a different matter from saying ‘I was jubilant’, and ‘I was jubilant’ should only be used when there was real jubilation, not mere satisfaction with a wished-for outcome. Once-powerful adjectives like ‘feeble’, ‘anxious’, ‘hideous’, ‘tiny’, and ‘ancient’ have become standard in the speech of many, to the extent that they are in danger of being worn out through overuse. I would avoid them unless necessary.

    So avoid using ‘very’, and try to enrich your vocabulary – but don’t confuse one with the other. They are different animals.

  125. Tina wilson

    Very interesting and informative!! Thanks.

  126. minhal abidi

    nice
    great ful

  127. Cloud

    Thanks Amanda

  128. Laurie Tysinger

    Wicked useful!

  129. morgan mcintosh

    hiiii

  130. Muhammad Usman Hassan

    very informative little words, sometimes little things make your life easy….. thanks for the post……
    stay posting and God bless you 🙂

  131. Gene in L.A.

    If you’re being literary, the chart is useful. If you’re being precise, it’s not. Something can be very cold without being freezing, or very bad without being atrocious. There aren’t merely conditions and their extremes; there are gradations, just as there are gradations of literacy.

  132. serenatao

    quite useful for writing an essay.

  133. anitha

    thank u for teaching the new things

  134. Keny

    I already use some of these words, but I have a tendency to combine them.
    For example : “scalding hot” , “dazzlingly bright” , “ravenously hungry”, “freezing cold” .
    Is that correct, or is it bad form ?

  135. Dan Lewis

    Instead of using ‘very’, use ‘abunches’! 😉

  136. Suzanne

    Brave -> Dauntless

  137. raul tulio

    brilliant share

  138. Aisha

    This is brilliant!! Thank you!

  139. Charmaine van der Westhuizen

    I really like this!

  140. devin

    this is devin and this is my life

  141. Haider Ali

    Excellent for writing content

  142. Madhavi

    Thank you Amanda for sharing this. Its very useful vocab! 😀

  143. RamachandranRamasamy

    Excellant efforts , Very helpful to correct the language !!

  144. Suresh Kumawat

    Its so useful and helping me to increase the new word knowledge. Thanks

  145. Joshua

    These set of words do not adequately replace the need for “very” in written English and as such, I find it rather disturbing that Stumble would recommend it to me. While the logic and argument makes sense in using words that adequately describe the situation, it does not altogether diminish the use or efficacy of the word either as an adjective or adverb.
    She had very large breasts for instance cannot possibly be written she had colossal breasts. All things in context please.

  146. Satyender

    Thank you so much for your hardword.

  147. Craig

    Invaluable advice. All writers should add this chart to their bag of tricks. 🙂

  148. Merillyn

    Excellent..thank u

  149. Jaime

    Very educational, especially for students who are beginning English. Thanks

  150. chris berlin

    thank you very much!

  151. Aaron Smith

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks this very helpful…:D

  152. Jalaj Sharma

    Excellent. With your this published details i feel myself more fluent in english words

  153. Jose

    Thank you for your very informative and wery well redacted article. I was very surprised by reading the very first paragraph and noticed you weren’t actually using the word “very” which was very good because Mark Twain and Florence King were very precise by saying what they said.

    This article (which is very informative) has helped me a LOT to replace the word very, so my writing will be richer, in fact I think that it will very rich from now on.

    Again many thanks and hope you are doing very well.

  154. Kae-Bae

    I will DEFINITELY use this chart………this is “VERY” superb….!!!!

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  156. NEELKAMALHUNAR

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  157. Vinodini Iyer

    What a resourceful post?! There are so many words we end up using more out of habit and that doesn’t really help when you want to write something crisp. Thanks for sharing.

  158. JANE

    Verily I say unto you, don’t use the “v” word (and we don’t mean you-know-what is the full word)

  159. marilyn lawendowski

    So interesting! Much to think about, and try out!

  160. Mulissa Hambissa

    thanks

  161. Mark Twain

    Very interesting.

  162. Tracy

    May I get this in a poster?

  163. Eileen Newman

    This is valuable… er, sorry… precious! Thanks!

  164. Nitin

    Indian style: Thank you very very much 🙂

  165. Natalie

    superb article

  166. vittorio gianni

    i like these womans

  167. KK

    very creative… Would never of thought of it

  168. marie guzon

    brilliant

  169. Glory Bosnjak

    Thank you👍

  170. buku

    intelligent

  171. Megan

    Love the word vivacious! This chart would be super interesting to use while writing:).

  172. Writers Write

    Thank you all for your feedback. We really appreciate it!

  173. Packers and Movers in Vadodara

    Those are good words Amanda. I wish there was option to copy those word to use.

  174. James Austin

    very good

  175. Anonymous

    im lost

  176. Ferdinand Isaac

    This is excellent. Thank you

  177. Ferdinand Isaac

    This is excellent. Thank you

  178. yvon sagali

    I’m interested indeed about this program of yours and I would lid to updated as well as often as you’ll be adding more lessons.

  179. silvia

    what about “bloody”? It is bloody good! Hahahahaa!

  180. patzi

    Very, very, very clever article, or should I say “Brilliant!” As a 2nd grade teacher I receive many “Very” papers in order to fill up the pages of otherwise 1/2 page papers. Now I know what my next lesson plan will cover, thank you!

  181. silvia

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  182. univoice

    This is damn useful.

  183. Jamil

    Excellent.

  184. Rotha_Beleiber

    Nice

  185. Jamil

    Best instruction.

  186. Candra

    I’m so guilty of this. The chart is excellent!

  187. vahid shaban khaledi

    you

  188. Elizabeth

    I disagree with this. The whole thing. Very ugly and hideous are different. If you choose to say something is ugly it is ugly, there are four letters and has a hard g, which sounds ugly. If you say something is hideous it isn’t the same as very ugly so you’re not writing the original thought you had. This is an exercise in using a thesaurus to write instead of how you think about words.

  189. seo fiyatları

    Nice work, thanks )

  190. Oliver Finn

    Wow!
    I’m gonna tell my english teaher. I, who am from Denmark, found it ‘very’ usefull.

  191. Sydney S.

    Thats come get tips. thanks

  192. Ceeport

    wow!!
    it’s indeed a an helpful article….Thanks for sharing 🙂

  193. Thais

    I love this! Me and my friend Abby have been making new creative sentences with these amazing words!!!! THIS IS DEFINATLY A INSPERATION #livelife #amazing #hashtag

  194. Kenneth

    I saved that table for later use and review. It will help me improve my writing.

  195. dbjohns

    Not very useful, implementaful.

  196. One Gentleman

    I just learned something new today. Thank you.

  197. Dan Romanchik

    I see that I’m in the minority here as to the usefulness of this chart. Mark Twain said it best, “Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.”

  198. John Gardner

    Excellent! Now how about words instead of “nice”??

  199. Ann St. Vincent

    This is great – reminds me of Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style”.
    It also reminds me that people saying “very unique” is a pet peeve of mine 🙂

  200. Luis

    You´re right… we do use a lot the word very… not good for writting professionaly. Thanks for the advice.

  201. Maria

    Great blog,something to learn.I will follow your blog long time from now on.

  202. Writers Write

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate it.

  203. Pratima

    superb

  204. Frank Merton

    I agree “very” should be avoided, but worse are “rather” and “somewhat” and similar mealy adverbs. Also, what is wrong with just not using “very?” Why do we have to find a substitute? “Neat” is enough, “immaculate” is too much. The problem with “very” is its breathlessness. Replacing it with another breathlessness is just as bad.

  205. Arsh Sharma

    Nice Article..,

  206. Velvet Daisy

    Loved this. Also how about synonyms for those two hideous over-used words “awesome” and “amazing.”

  207. sanjana

    nice post.. great.

  208. Rey Ethans

    that’s “”very” :p cool

  209. Joanne

    This made me laugh out loud!so many varied reactions to the written word! Loved it for the power to bring out so much and so deeply .

  210. Mortimer

    priceless!

  211. Shiva Rv

    I think I need to learn more English to write my posts in http://www.sciencegaveuslot.com from your blog. Thanks for uploading this article and I`ll bookmark your site for further information

  212. Ken

    Some are just terrifying, still using the same word the word they were advised not to avoid. lol 🙂

  213. Sibtain

    Good Keep it up Dear

  214. Carol

    Thanks for making this “very ____” synonyms chart! I totally needed this! 🙂 Found this through StumbledUpon.

  215. jack

    this is very useful, very informative and this has very good information..

  216. Natalie Wood

    I’m sorry to be a kill-joy but your advice for many of the words in the table above gives me another ‘very’ good reason not to subscribe to a paid writing course. Many of your examples are not truly synonymous. ‘Very cold’, for instance, is most definitely not the same as ‘freezing’. Further, some words – like ‘poor’ for example – have more than one meaning. What a great disappointment; indeed, a ‘very big’ let-down.

  217. shining student

    it is very lovely dear, thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!

  218. Hakouma

    Nice contribution.

  219. Jane

    I use some of those words often. While we are at it, I am not as annoyed when people use “very”. I am more annoyed when I hear people say “super”. I hate that people say it in every sentence. “Oh, it’s super good”. What does that mean? “Oh, that’s super awesome.” It’s such a lazy American English sentence. Also, count how many times you hear “like” when people are talking. It’s redundant and again it’s a meaningless filler. “Oh I’m like super excited about that movie coming out tomorrow. It’s going to the super coolest movie, like for all times. I will probably like going to see it with Jamie, Jason and Dwayne. You know that super cool dude? He’s like a total heart throb and I’m like super frozen whenever I see him.” One more, what does it mean when people say “I personally think, as an individual…”, or “My personal opinion is…” What are you talking about?? You’ve just said, me, myself and I. It does not emphasize the point you are making. It’s clumsy and an utterly waste of space and time.

  220. Saani

    Thanks For uploading this use full information’s. i feel need of these information’s that you are shear. we are also follower of you.

  221. Chevonne

    This is extremely helpful, considering reports and papers that has to be written. Saved this table and will definitely go over it later when i have a better chance!! 🙂

  222. yosra

    thanks 🙂 you helped me very well

  223. Joi

    Hi, I like see you have post different from “very” . To change a word it immaculate. -neat. I like that. Smile I need use it . Thank.

  224. jessica

    Helpful!

  225. Vijay

    Great piece of work

  226. Marleese

    Very helpful! =)

  227. Jack

    Indeed, English is not French. Cannot argue with M.T.

  228. Newton Paul

    This is very educative. We need to see more of this

  229. Tasha

    Way that

  230. Tanisha Williams

    very helpful

  231. pockyjrnueseda

    hello!

  232. Fazal

    this is very useful , thanks for sharing 🙂

  233. ruxaial7linda

    it`s very helpful

  234. GeneW

    Thank you for putting in the work to compile this chart. I will be sharing, bookmarking and implementing this immediately!

  235. Linnea

    love this ! “Very” is over used these day.

  236. Martin Cooper

    This is fine, unless you want to write like people talk, in which case the word should not be avoided. How many times a day do you hear someone say ‘squalid?’

  237. Viv

    Great resource for all writer! Thanks for putting it together. 🙂

  238. Ali Mohamad

    love this very much. Useful especially like me to understand english.

  239. Ayça ÖZTÜRK

    Thanks a lot. It is so useful for every learner.

  240. Angela

    Guilty as (self) charged! Thank you for the including the reference table. I’ve been working on my long-time overuse of this word for the past year and definitely making some progress. New ideas and tools such as this article and table have been a tremendous help in continuing to improve.

    Thank you!

  241. Rakkesh

    thanks for above info

  242. yvon sagali

    nice knowledge!

  243. gill mahoney

    no, no, and no. the substitute word in many instances cannot replace the original, for instance silent cannot replace quiet. One is total the other is conditional.

  244. Angelina Rose

    nice post !!!! very thanks but already i am using some of these ..:-)

  245. Ruth Livingstone

    A (very) useful article and have talked about it on my blog.

  246. Jam

    very nice

  247. jess

    Agreed. The word is a crutch. Thank you for pointing this out. It gets used to the point where people don’t realize how much they use it.

  248. arunprasath

    like good

  249. Annie

    I never realized how much that word gets used. Immense gratitude for pointing it out!!

  250. gloria

    very interesting page

  251. gloria

    enjoyed reading

  252. gloria

    enjoyable reading and informative

  253. hasan habib

    Very nice presentation

  254. gonzalo burgos

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  255. Travel Animal Doctor

    What an interesting article. I love this handy chart and will try to utilize it in my writing!

  256. jamil

    Really you are great to help other in correct use of words in English. I appreciate you, like you.

  257. Emma

    Interesting. Brilliant sharing

  258. Michael Allen

    “it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen”. In modern usage that is precisely how the word is used. “Very tired” is not only less tired than “exhausted”, it has a different quality, and it is more tired that tired. They are not synonymous. No word should be overused – especially the breathlessly superlative alternatives that you offer.
    Michael Allen

  259. Godlove

    What is so wrong with the word very.

  260. shinta chandra

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  261. Gareth

    … then why do the words in the right hand column sound better when preceded by the word ‘very’?

  262. Donna

    Because I have used that word so much, it will be a struggle to stop. However, because of the way it was characterized (as lazy), I will try and remember to eliminate the useless word from my vocabulary!

  263. Merillyn

    amazing

  264. richie rich

    BWAHAhahaaaa! Dammit!….

    (I was typing and about to use the phrase “very much” and vaguely remembered this “45 ways to avoid ‘very’ ” meme; Googled it and found my phrase wasn’t covered… )

  265. The Halstead Hermit

    I liked this VERY much!!

  266. wanida

    Thank you

  267. wanida

    Thank you

  268. kristi276

    The overuse of the word very is not the problem, for it reflects the lack of word skills beyond the level of a 5 year old. Simple words for simple people. Does the very idea of using very in a sentence in order to describe a simple word; very disturbing to the average reader. Very perplexing. Why? I find the overuse of very, very invigorating to say the least; which is the least I can say on the matter of the over abundant use of very. Varying degrees of saturation can be accomplished by place very in various points in a paragraph throughout various sentences. Vicarious! I have very on my mind. I have very on my mind.

  269. TJ

    I am passing this useful article on to my teenage daughter who is attending high school next year. I am sure she will find it EXTREMELY useful. 🙂

  270. Byronius

    The Sphinx character in Mystery Men wasn’t just mysterious; he was terribly mysterious…

  271. PnS Hostings

    Nice lists.

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  272. Bella

    I mean wow.. It was simply nice.

  273. Jason

    The last quote (the “woo women” quote) I distinctly recall being said by John Keating (as played by Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society. Was the character himself quoting Kleinbaum?

  274. PW Dowdy

    I am also bored with the word ‘wonderful’. Any writer who is awake can find a better way of describing a person, a place, or a thing. Nice observation, and thanks.

  275. Peter Kennedy, M.D.

    Now, if I can get all those on the inside of my cuff, or taped to my forearm like our football quarterbacks, e-very-thing will be TERRIFIC!!!!

    On the other hand, I believe Mark Twain said, “I like my words short and simple.” It’s how one puts ’em together that separates use of language from the truly memorable.

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  278. WIKPUTRAKACU

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  279. WIKPUTRAKACU

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  280. YellowPrinting.com

    sounds good, thanks.

  281. writing

    This is very good post = This is excellent post.

  282. Melisa Amanda

    Thanks 🙂

  283. Jupiter Gray

    The only problem I have with this list is that some of the substitutions lack the nuance of the first word. For example, immaculate is far past “very neat,” on the cleany-bug scale in my opinion.

  284. Douglas

    So when particularly can one use “very”? Has it ceased to be an English word?

  285. Anhi

    wow.. Thanks for the information

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  287. lucie flowers

    Never thought about this. Sensible. Thanks.

  288. Dinah Beaton

    Again thank you.

  289. Sandra Lee Vahey

    Wow!!! This is great! I have always wanted to write but have hesitated because I don’t know a lot of the rules and do’s and don’ts to go ahead and take a chance.

  290. Ritesh

    Vert good

  291. Ritesh

    Very good

  292. KS

    This attack on “very” was entertaining and useful. Now somebody ought to take on the modern-day fad words “icon” and “iconic.” which have been horribly, mindlessly overused over the last 20 years (search “icon” in Google Ngram viewer and you’ll see this).

  293. sara

    very good.thanks for info

  294. Ron

    wow it was something new. I maintain blogs and don’t know how many times i did this mistake of using VERY. Thanks for this. Its not everyday that I found something totally new. Kudos.

  295. Ash

    Very Nice Education . Like it

  296. Osmond

    Helpful, thank you!

  297. khushi

    it is great

  298. Sydney

    This is a VERY BRILLIANT idea! Thank you for sharing.

  299. ROBERT LEE

    Amanda,

    Thank you for this post. I constantly try to improve my writing skills as there really is no excuse for not finding the time to do so.

    Doing the same thing over and over again has the same result so I want my blog to be better, and more than telling a story, it is also about learning the words I could use.

    Being from a non-native English speaking country, that fact does not stop me from becoming better.

  300. Sara

    Thanks, very nice article

  301. m22520 yin

    much useful! merci bp!

  302. Vanessa

    that was a great read! Hadn’t thought about that before…. but i LOVE the substitutions!

  303. Rachel Hanson

    What a great reminder! I am deeply appreciative of writers who keep the word “very” to a minimum.

  304. dobby the house elf

    Superb and Sagacious, from now on,I will try to replace the commonly used words into these incredible words that really should be used more often

  305. Seovip

    Thank you for your very informative article.

  306. Ruby Tyagi

    This post always comes handy to me… I love this post of yours Amanda 🙂

  307. Amanda Patterson

    Thank you, Ruby.

  308. Sella

    Awesome – thanks for sharing

  309. Harrison M

    Neat and to the point!

  310. Ajay

    very nice

  311. Ref J

    I love this!

  312. Tallulah Eightwhistles

    I was tempted to use the word very in my comment, but that would be very silly indeed…I appreciated the article and found it to be (not very useful) but exceptionally useful

  313. Mark Sandel

    oo, its very useful. Thanks, a great table!

  314. jox

    all i can say is….AMAZING!

  315. Maurice Spangler

    Awesome post. This is the post searing for 2 hours.

  316. Daniel

    Rather interesting topic you’ve introduced us to. Personally, I am using this tool http://www.paraphrasegenerator.com when I need to rephrase something or I want to look for a new word to replace. But I think the word very is still needed in English. You know, nowadays most of people don’t use words like exquisite or perilous, but use very+ adjective instead. But if we are talking about writing something, yes, it will be superb. See? I am already using your advice =)

  317. Prasanth KV

    Amanda u luk extremely butiful..’He’ has created you in His leisure..

  318. Aaron

    This article was very neat… I mean, immaculate.

  319. Lilian Punch

    It helped so much!!! Thanks!!

  320. Jesse

    The N.H. Kleinbaum quote is somewhat mis-attributed. It was from the film “Dead Poets Society (1989)” written by Tom Schulman (and I am pretty sure he kept them in his script to his off-Broadway play (2016)). Kleinbaum wrote the novelization of the film in 1989, but those words were first in the film script.

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