Writing Advice: 45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word ‘Very’


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 – N.H. Kleinbaum

Writers Write has a superb list of words that helps you avoid the clichéd and lazy ‘very’. Trust us, it will make your writing much more effective. Some examples

  1. Instead of “very afraid”, use “terrified”.
  2. Instead of “very valuable”, use “precious”.

See the complete list in the original article.

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