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How to avoid using the word ‘very’ in your writing

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

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

In English language, we often use the word very too frequently, which should be avoided. Instead there are better words that can substitute the word very. By attempting to do so, you can spruce up your writing and also improve your vocabulary. We bring to you ten such words.

Very calm – Serene

The sound was so serene that I felt peaceful and fell asleep.

Very careful – Cautious

You should be cautious when you’re walking on the snow.

Very cheap – Stingy

My friend is stingy and never buys me any goodies when we go out together.

Very clean – Spotless

He was dressed in a spotless white pocket T-shirt and white sneakers.

Very Clear – Obvious

It’s obvious from what she said that she is definitely not telling us the truth.

Very Cold – Freezing

The marathon runners might encounter rain tomorrow according to the latest weather report.

Very colourful – Vibrant

She gave a vibrant performance in a leading role in the school play this year.

Very competitive – Cut throat

It was a cut throat competition. I don’t think I will win this time.

Very afraid – Fearful

I am fearful of the board examination results.

Very annoying – Exasperating

Tired of her complaints and nagging behaviour, he gave her an exasperated look.

Also read: 10 commonly used literary terms

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