Writing Wednesdays: 31 Words to Use Instead of Very

writing wednesdays - 31 words to use instead of very

It’s very often that I find myself using the word very to strengthen my descriptions. This word can be avoided and doing that could make your sentence sound better. Case(s) in point:

  1. very bad – awful
  2. very big – great (also for very good)
  3. very boring – arid (also for very dry)
  4. very cold – freezing
  5. very competitive – cutthroat
  6. very confused – perplexed
  7. very crowded – bustling
  8. very dangerous – perilous
  9. very depressed – despondent
  10. very difficult – arduous
  11. very dry – arid (also for very boring)
  12. very dull – tedious
  13. very easy – effortless
  14. very excited – thrilled
  15. very fancy – lavish
  16. very fast – swift
  17. very good – great (also for very big)
  18. very happy – overjoyed
  19. very lavish – opulent
  20. very loving – adoring
  21. very noisy – deafening
  22. very often – frequently
  23. very old – ancient
  24. very painful – excruciating
  25. very poor – destitute
  26. very pretty – beautiful
  27. very quiet – hushed
  28. very rich – wealthy
  29. very scared – petrified
  30. very serious – grave
  31. very simple – basic

Do you know any other cases in which very can be avoided? Write them in the comments!

Also, here are some other word lists you might want to check out:

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