10 ways to avoid using the word 'very'

N.H. Kleinbaum once said, '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.'

Overusing the word 'very' makes your writing weaker. Check out how to avoid using the word 'very' too much and make your writing sparkle!

  1. Very afraid - Terrified

     I'm terrified of the dark.

  2. Very cold - Freezing
     It was freezing as we walked home last night.

  3. Very good - Superb
     She gave a superb performance of the Beethoven.

  4. Very happy - Jubilant
     I am jubilant to learn that my sister is finally having a baby.

  5. Very old - Ancient
     The practice was more common in ancient times than it is now.

  6. Very rude - Vulgar
     I will not tolerate such vulgar language in my home.

  7. Very sad - Morose
     He became morose and withdrawn and would not talk to anyone.

  8. Very small - Tiny
     The print is so tiny, you need a magnifying glass to read it.

  9. Very tired - Exhausted
     I must get some sleep - I'm exhausted.

  10. Very wet - Soaked
     His T-shirt was soaked in sweat.

We hope that you are able to use a wider variety of adjectives after reading this and get rid of using 'very' too much in your writing! We'd be very happy - or overjoyed!