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
- Instead of “very afraid”, use “terrified”.
- Instead of “very valuable”, use “precious”.
See the complete list in the original article.