45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

Use these 45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’ to improve your writing.

Good writers avoid peppering their writing with qualifiers like ‘very’ and ‘really’. They are known as padding or filler words and generally add little to your writing.

According to Collins Dictionary: ‘Padding is unnecessary words or information used to make a piece of writing or a speech longer. Synonyms include: waffle, hot air, verbiage, wordiness.’

Adding modifiers, qualifiers, and unnecessary adverbs and adjectives, weakens your writing. There may be times when you need them, and when you do, use them. If you choose strong, appropriate nouns and verbs, you will need to use them less often.

This post gives you 45 ways to avoid using the padding word ‘very’.

Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’

  1. “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
  2. “‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen.” ~Florence King
  3. “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

45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word 'Very'

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This article has 294 comments

  1. Shwe


  2. habebaakiar


  3. mjroxx

    Very useful thanks!

  4. shalamyu

    Very well.

  5. Mohamed


  6. Jan Arzooman

    A precious list. Thanks.

  7. Y.Babadogan

    sagacious and superb

  8. Malcolm Birdsall

    Remember this one? I can’t think it would have sounded so good if he hadn’t used “very”.

  9. Linda McLaughlin

    Amanda, thanks for the useful list. I made sure not to say “very useful” 😉

  10. jonny reckless

    Glorified thesaurus.

  11. Donna

    Thank you, learn something new today.

  12. Rolf Yngve

    I like “neat”. I like “thin” much more than gaunt. Sorry.

  13. Rolf Yngve

    Oops. Sorry. I just realized the idea was to get rid of the modifier, “very”. Thank you. Exceptional. (not just “very good”.)

  14. HR

    That was VERY helpful! I’m VERY grateful that you wrote that VERY informative and piece.

  15. Arnold

    The Mark Twain quote does not imply that an editor would delete ‘damn’ AND insert a different (stronger) adjective.

  16. roseline bodiford

    Very valuable education…. I didn’t say I like this very much

  17. Sudeep

    great post

  18. b.koca

    it’s a great vocabulary study for us, thanks a lot!

  19. Kety

    How useful it is!!! Thanks a lot!!

  20. My

    Si i should say.. You look scalding.. Instead of very hot

  21. thegruesomes

    fast and quick are two different measurements of time…..

  22. suetommy

    This has long been a quirk of mine. Words really, very, even very very bug me. I have longed stopped using . I figured if it is good, very good doesn’t help, or really fine isn’t necessary when fine is the pictured word. I like your vocabulary to upscale the use of adjectives. Thanks

  23. Simon

    The most useless word in the English language is “should”. If you should do something, then do it.

  24. peacequility

    What a handy resource for those moments the mind needs more than the basics! Thank you!

  25. Holli Murphy

    Great post. ‘Very’ is indeed overused as is the word ‘nice’.

  26. Konapure Santosh

    the post is useful one….I will try to follow the tips for sure..thank you for such a fantastic post….please keep on posting such useful materials

  27. Jerry Proctor

    Very, very I say unto you: don’t.





  30. Eric Autry

    Absolutely “superb”

  31. asha

    wow those are very good words i did learn something thanks

  32. Writers Write

    Thank you for the feedback.

  33. Ray

    This just encourages verbosity, which is worse than whatever you were condemning. If a word most suits what you’re going for and is euphonious, then that’s the word you should use.

  34. Denis Hart

    Ray, how would the advice to not use “very” + an adjective, substituting instead a single word for “very X,” be encouraging verbosity? By reducing a two-word phrase to a single word seems to me to be the antithesis of verbosity.

    Also, I am not clear on your preference for euphony in a word. Unless the text is meant to be spoken out loud (e.g., poetry), I think euphony is no better than secondary to precision of meaning.

  35. Andrea

    Thank you! Very useful (:

  36. Robin

    The list is a useful addition to my communication materials. I hope I can remember some of the alternatives.

  37. Me

    Very true, darn it

  38. Donal

    A simple but valuable writing lesson. Thanks so much!

  39. Diane Lee

    Brilliant! Thank you so much.

  40. Wildcard wan

    Can we replace very to extremely…

  41. Wildcard wan

    As you can see the above is related to expression or conversation between someone. Simple word used by people, not everyone knows the word “feeble”. Try saying it to people who are not strong in their vocabs. How the reaction like. If “extremely” were to add in before an action of a simple words does that consider an error?

  42. Nelson Cat

    The fierce hatred of a very woman–J M Barrie; The very blood and bone of our grammar– H L Smith; The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness–John Milton.

  43. Megan

    “very loved” is replaced by “adored.” Love is supposedly a complex emotion humanity has spent thousands of years attempting to articulate properly. If something is “very loved,” was it even loved in the first place?

  44. Kuri Lonko

    ¡Genial!, Copiando y guardando. Thanks!

  45. Larry Johnson

    Excellent in all respects…opened up a new door in my mind…
    Who is this Bella person above…some ancient, furious, atrocious, …. well, you get the point I think. I have emailed you separately for info on your programs…Thank you

  46. Writers Write

    Thank you for the feedback.

  47. Green Thumb Girls

    Thank you VERY much : D

  48. alberto

    I prefer to very hungry, starving.

  49. friskyleroux

    reactions did Vary to this article…

  50. Dan Toombs

    Thanks Amanda for sharing this. I am keen to start using this superb list of words in my own content writing.

  51. jb rai

    Awesome . Thanks

  52. Kim

    I’m not really sure I like this. It’s always nice to have options as a writer, but I don’t like being told what I should ‘avoid’ saying, because what if words that are more simple are the words that fit what you are writing about more accurately? I wrote a story from a child’s perspective once; ‘atrocious’ and ‘jubilant’ aren’t really something that would fit a four year old’s vocabulary. It all depends on what you’re writing about.

  53. Mark

    Thanks for putting this together. It’s a valuable resource for speakers and writers alike.

  54. grace ebun

    Great, learned so many things.

  55. sabrina

    very informative 🙂

  56. Hidayatullah Soomro


  57. Stephen Jackson

    Quite a nice article, very colourful. But even as I type these humble words, the machinery is trying to censure me for not spelling in American English. I mean, it’s a lost cause, you know – I mean – you know – isn’t it? Even the machine is trying to censure me, censor me, vilify, suppress, cavil, indoctrinate, besmirch, diminish, disparage, dispraise and berate. Oppobrious, dudes.

  58. Olivia D. Schuster

    Oh my goodness this is amazing! I love it! I saved the picture so I can remember the words!!! 😀 Thank you!!

  59. John Mata

    This is very nice! Thank you!

  60. Maria Allison

    what i will say about the post i don’t now because its useful in our daily life. Thanks for this post.

  61. Anonymous

    Great way to learn the better English anytime Thank you

  62. Claire @ A Little Claireification

    Just fantastic – I love this. Thanks so {very} much, Amanda.
    PS: Patterson is a name on my Mom’s side of the fam. 🙂

  63. hal

    thank you very 🙂

  64. Godel Fishbreath

    Very valuable, I bookmarked it.
    and then went back and considered. I had also gotten the advice that the more shorter, Germanic words are the stronger. Which … this .. goes … against.
    But still a valuable lesson, and I am keeping that bookmark.

  65. Sr. Athens

    Superb! Thanks!

  66. Rebecca

    A great reference – thank you!

  67. Emily

    Humor changes proper useage. I find especially when I’m being sarcastic that the very things I usually avoid fit neatly there.

  68. Remy

    This is really helpful for me, English is my second language, and this will help me in my writing

  69. Anonymous

    A very knowlegable idea

  70. yourfriend

    awesome :p

  71. mostafizar

    i learned something,thanks

  72. Cécile

    very great 🙂 Thank you!

  73. nbiloyii james

    Actually the contextualization matters a lot and should be put into consideration, meanwhile note has been taken on the ’45 ways to avoid using the word very’

  74. Xanadu

    So Very Very

  75. Xanadu

    So Very Very

  76. Joyce

    I love this piece and hate the word very! I need to bookmark this post. Thanks!

  77. iqranayab18

    thx it was very helpful =)

  78. Azam

    What if you change very to extremely or incredibly.

  79. Anonymous

    What about “very important”. That is where I use “very” the most.

  80. Kimberlee

    Thanks, bookmarking this post (however I do not dislike the word “very” but it is nice to have some other ideas)

  81. Haha

    Very nice

  82. hazel

    What about “Thank you very much”?



  84. Verny

    Exquisite, thanks 🙂

  85. Vernon

    Very nice. Oh wait, brilliant.

  86. Jim Berry

    Thanks for these reminders Amanda!

  87. chloe

    excellent resource especially for my children.thank you

  88. Robbie

    how about berry is that acceptable? I guess not..your mind is incredible!

  89. Jane Mathis

    I use simple words. but i will need this. Thanks

  90. Lilly Reiss

    Wasn’t good in school failed everything– system just passed me for hell of it and this affected me terribly in foster care horrible a hearing upbringing age 61 Help me any you can thank you!!

  91. Taleb Hamad

    I”m so jubilant to substitute an ancient words with a superb one . thank U.

  92. David Richardson Santana

    Thanks you for teaching new point of view about to have good comunication

  93. James Mulhern

    Excellent resource for my high school and college classes. Thank you.

  94. jen

    Useful! Thanks

  95. Victory Odunjo

    I love this.. I find this piece impactful.. Thanks

  96. Brittney

    This was an interesting post. I never thought about how many times I use the word very and now I will try to use other words to eliminate the word very?

  97. Patricia McCale

    I have a very limited vocabulary and have been working very hard on learning new words. Thank you so much for giving me some new much needed ammunition!

  98. terre

    While I do agree that very anything should be reconsidered, I would not take the extreme position that it is never appropriate in writing. I opine that the author agrees, and wants only to encourage more descriptive words when very would dilute the message by introducing emphasis, where none should be necessary. If it is, it is. But sometimes there are degrees, as in love. A good test would be to ask yourself if something is extremely so. If it is, substitute another word.

  99. danonek

    nice! 😀

  100. Abdul touseef

    Superb talent

  101. Crystal

    I love this list! Glad I “StumbledUpon” it!

  102. Mukesh

    *VERY* helpful

  103. CraigE

    “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King. -ly words should also be used sparingly….or not at all.

  104. Neha

    i adored this………………

  105. dich vu bao ve

    Thanks for these reminders Amanda!

  106. Robert


  107. L J Acree

    As a rather new blogger, your article was helpful to me – I would say “very helpful” but I will refrain. Thanks for the share.

  108. L J Acree

    Brilliantly written. I especially like the table.

  109. Greg

    This little entry actually contains two pieces of advice:

    One is to leave out ‘very’, which in most cases will serve to strengthen the force of the adjective. If you tell me someone was ‘very upset’, I’ll suspect them of putting on a show. If you tell me they were ‘upset’, I’ll see the feeling as genuine and, if I was the cause, be more likely to feel upset myself.

    The second is to enrich your vocabulary by using a greater variety of adjectives. This is also sound advice.

    But I don’t agree that (1) and (2) are the same thing. Substituting adjectives is not a good way to avoid the use of ‘very’. Those adjectives have their own peculiar nuances and should only be used where they are really appropriate. To say ‘I was very happy’ is quite a different matter from saying ‘I was jubilant’, and ‘I was jubilant’ should only be used when there was real jubilation, not mere satisfaction with a wished-for outcome. Once-powerful adjectives like ‘feeble’, ‘anxious’, ‘hideous’, ‘tiny’, and ‘ancient’ have become standard in the speech of many, to the extent that they are in danger of being worn out through overuse. I would avoid them unless necessary.

    So avoid using ‘very’, and try to enrich your vocabulary – but don’t confuse one with the other. They are different animals.

  110. Tina wilson

    Very interesting and informative!! Thanks.

  111. minhal abidi

    great ful

  112. Cloud

    Thanks Amanda

  113. Laurie Tysinger

    Wicked useful!

  114. Muhammad Usman Hassan

    very informative little words, sometimes little things make your life easy….. thanks for the post……
    stay posting and God bless you 🙂

  115. Gene in L.A.

    If you’re being literary, the chart is useful. If you’re being precise, it’s not. Something can be very cold without being freezing, or very bad without being atrocious. There aren’t merely conditions and their extremes; there are gradations, just as there are gradations of literacy.

  116. serenatao

    quite useful for writing an essay.

  117. anitha

    thank u for teaching the new things

  118. Keny

    I already use some of these words, but I have a tendency to combine them.
    For example : “scalding hot” , “dazzlingly bright” , “ravenously hungry”, “freezing cold” .
    Is that correct, or is it bad form ?

  119. Dan Lewis

    Instead of using ‘very’, use ‘abunches’! 😉

  120. Suzanne

    Brave -> Dauntless

  121. raul tulio

    brilliant share

  122. Aisha

    This is brilliant!! Thank you!

  123. Charmaine van der Westhuizen

    I really like this!

  124. Haider Ali

    Excellent for writing content

  125. Madhavi

    Thank you Amanda for sharing this. Its very useful vocab! 😀

  126. RamachandranRamasamy

    Excellant efforts , Very helpful to correct the language !!

  127. Suresh Kumawat

    Its so useful and helping me to increase the new word knowledge. Thanks

  128. Satyender

    Thank you so much for your hardword.

  129. Craig

    Invaluable advice. All writers should add this chart to their bag of tricks. 🙂

  130. Merillyn

    Excellent..thank u

  131. Jaime

    Very educational, especially for students who are beginning English. Thanks

  132. chris berlin

    thank you very much!

  133. Aaron Smith

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks this very helpful…:D

  134. Jalaj Sharma

    Excellent. With your this published details i feel myself more fluent in english words

  135. Jose

    Thank you for your very informative and wery well redacted article. I was very surprised by reading the very first paragraph and noticed you weren’t actually using the word “very” which was very good because Mark Twain and Florence King were very precise by saying what they said.

    This article (which is very informative) has helped me a LOT to replace the word very, so my writing will be richer, in fact I think that it will very rich from now on.

    Again many thanks and hope you are doing very well.

  136. Kae-Bae

    I will DEFINITELY use this chart………this is “VERY” superb….!!!!

  137. Vinodini Iyer

    What a resourceful post?! There are so many words we end up using more out of habit and that doesn’t really help when you want to write something crisp. Thanks for sharing.

  138. JANE

    Verily I say unto you, don’t use the “v” word (and we don’t mean you-know-what is the full word)

  139. marilyn lawendowski

    So interesting! Much to think about, and try out!

  140. Mulissa Hambissa


  141. Mark Twain

    Very interesting.

  142. Tracy

    May I get this in a poster?

  143. Eileen Newman

    This is valuable… er, sorry… precious! Thanks!

  144. Nitin

    Indian style: Thank you very very much 🙂

  145. Natalie

    superb article

  146. KK

    very creative… Would never of thought of it

  147. marie guzon


  148. Glory Bosnjak

    Thank you?

  149. buku


  150. Megan

    Love the word vivacious! This chart would be super interesting to use while writing:).

  151. Writers Write

    Thank you all for your feedback. We really appreciate it!

  152. Packers and Movers in Vadodara

    Those are good words Amanda. I wish there was option to copy those word to use.

  153. James Austin

    very good

  154. Ferdinand Isaac

    This is excellent. Thank you

  155. Ferdinand Isaac

    This is excellent. Thank you

  156. yvon sagali

    I’m interested indeed about this program of yours and I would lid to updated as well as often as you’ll be adding more lessons.

  157. silvia

    what about “bloody”? It is bloody good! Hahahahaa!

  158. patzi

    Very, very, very clever article, or should I say “Brilliant!” As a 2nd grade teacher I receive many “Very” papers in order to fill up the pages of otherwise 1/2 page papers. Now I know what my next lesson plan will cover, thank you!

  159. univoice

    This is damn useful.

  160. Jamil


  161. Rotha_Beleiber


  162. Jamil

    Best instruction.

  163. Candra

    I’m so guilty of this. The chart is excellent!

  164. vahid shaban khaledi


  165. Elizabeth

    I disagree with this. The whole thing. Very ugly and hideous are different. If you choose to say something is ugly it is ugly, there are four letters and has a hard g, which sounds ugly. If you say something is hideous it isn’t the same as very ugly so you’re not writing the original thought you had. This is an exercise in using a thesaurus to write instead of how you think about words.

  166. seo fiyatları

    Nice work, thanks )

  167. Oliver Finn

    I’m gonna tell my english teaher. I, who am from Denmark, found it ‘very’ usefull.

  168. Sydney S.

    Thats come get tips. thanks

  169. Ceeport

    it’s indeed a an helpful article….Thanks for sharing 🙂

  170. Thais

    I love this! Me and my friend Abby have been making new creative sentences with these amazing words!!!! THIS IS DEFINATLY A INSPERATION #livelife #amazing #hashtag

  171. Kenneth

    I saved that table for later use and review. It will help me improve my writing.

  172. dbjohns

    Not very useful, implementaful.

  173. One Gentleman

    I just learned something new today. Thank you.

  174. Dan Romanchik

    I see that I’m in the minority here as to the usefulness of this chart. Mark Twain said it best, “Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.”

  175. John Gardner

    Excellent! Now how about words instead of “nice”??

  176. Ann St. Vincent

    This is great – reminds me of Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style”.
    It also reminds me that people saying “very unique” is a pet peeve of mine 🙂

  177. Luis

    You´re right… we do use a lot the word very… not good for writting professionaly. Thanks for the advice.

  178. Maria

    Great blog,something to learn.I will follow your blog long time from now on.

  179. Writers Write

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate it.

  180. Pratima


  181. Frank Merton

    I agree “very” should be avoided, but worse are “rather” and “somewhat” and similar mealy adverbs. Also, what is wrong with just not using “very?” Why do we have to find a substitute? “Neat” is enough, “immaculate” is too much. The problem with “very” is its breathlessness. Replacing it with another breathlessness is just as bad.

  182. Arsh Sharma

    Nice Article..,

  183. Velvet Daisy

    Loved this. Also how about synonyms for those two hideous over-used words “awesome” and “amazing.”

  184. sanjana

    nice post.. great.

  185. Rey Ethans

    that’s “”very” :p cool

  186. Joanne

    This made me laugh out loud!so many varied reactions to the written word! Loved it for the power to bring out so much and so deeply .

  187. Mortimer


  188. Ken

    Some are just terrifying, still using the same word the word they were advised not to avoid. lol 🙂

  189. Carol

    Thanks for making this “very ____” synonyms chart! I totally needed this! 🙂 Found this through StumbledUpon.

  190. jack

    this is very useful, very informative and this has very good information..

  191. Natalie Wood

    I’m sorry to be a kill-joy but your advice for many of the words in the table above gives me another ‘very’ good reason not to subscribe to a paid writing course. Many of your examples are not truly synonymous. ‘Very cold’, for instance, is most definitely not the same as ‘freezing’. Further, some words – like ‘poor’ for example – have more than one meaning. What a great disappointment; indeed, a ‘very big’ let-down.

  192. Jane

    I use some of those words often. While we are at it, I am not as annoyed when people use “very”. I am more annoyed when I hear people say “super”. I hate that people say it in every sentence. “Oh, it’s super good”. What does that mean? “Oh, that’s super awesome.” It’s such a lazy American English sentence. Also, count how many times you hear “like” when people are talking. It’s redundant and again it’s a meaningless filler. “Oh I’m like super excited about that movie coming out tomorrow. It’s going to the super coolest movie, like for all times. I will probably like going to see it with Jamie, Jason and Dwayne. You know that super cool dude? He’s like a total heart throb and I’m like super frozen whenever I see him.” One more, what does it mean when people say “I personally think, as an individual…”, or “My personal opinion is…” What are you talking about?? You’ve just said, me, myself and I. It does not emphasize the point you are making. It’s clumsy and an utterly waste of space and time.

  193. Chevonne

    This is extremely helpful, considering reports and papers that has to be written. Saved this table and will definitely go over it later when i have a better chance!! 🙂

  194. yosra

    thanks 🙂 you helped me very well

  195. Joi

    Hi, I like see you have post different from “very” . To change a word it immaculate. -neat. I like that. Smile I need use it . Thank.

  196. jessica


  197. Vijay

    Great piece of work

  198. Marleese

    Very helpful! =)

  199. Jack

    Indeed, English is not French. Cannot argue with M.T.

  200. Newton Paul

    This is very educative. We need to see more of this

  201. Tanisha Williams

    very helpful

  202. Fazal

    this is very useful , thanks for sharing 🙂

  203. ruxaial7linda

    it`s very helpful

  204. GeneW

    Thank you for putting in the work to compile this chart. I will be sharing, bookmarking and implementing this immediately!

  205. Linnea

    love this ! “Very” is over used these day.

  206. Martin Cooper

    This is fine, unless you want to write like people talk, in which case the word should not be avoided. How many times a day do you hear someone say ‘squalid?’

  207. Viv

    Great resource for all writer! Thanks for putting it together. 🙂

  208. Ali Mohamad

    love this very much. Useful especially like me to understand english.

  209. Ayça ÖZTÜRK

    Thanks a lot. It is so useful for every learner.

  210. Angela

    Guilty as (self) charged! Thank you for the including the reference table. I’ve been working on my long-time overuse of this word for the past year and definitely making some progress. New ideas and tools such as this article and table have been a tremendous help in continuing to improve.

    Thank you!

  211. Rakkesh

    thanks for above info

  212. gill mahoney

    no, no, and no. the substitute word in many instances cannot replace the original, for instance silent cannot replace quiet. One is total the other is conditional.

  213. Angelina Rose

    nice post !!!! very thanks but already i am using some of these ..:-)

  214. Ruth Livingstone

    A (very) useful article and have talked about it on my blog.

  215. Jam

    very nice

  216. jess

    Agreed. The word is a crutch. Thank you for pointing this out. It gets used to the point where people don’t realize how much they use it.

  217. arunprasath

    like good

  218. Annie

    I never realized how much that word gets used. Immense gratitude for pointing it out!!

  219. gloria

    very interesting page

  220. gloria

    enjoyable reading and informative

  221. hasan habib

    Very nice presentation

  222. gonzalo burgos

    Great way to be interesting

  223. Travel Animal Doctor

    What an interesting article. I love this handy chart and will try to utilize it in my writing!

  224. jamil

    Really you are great to help other in correct use of words in English. I appreciate you, like you.

  225. Emma

    Interesting. Brilliant sharing

  226. Michael Allen

    “it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen”. In modern usage that is precisely how the word is used. “Very tired” is not only less tired than “exhausted”, it has a different quality, and it is more tired that tired. They are not synonymous. No word should be overused – especially the breathlessly superlative alternatives that you offer.
    Michael Allen

  227. Godlove

    What is so wrong with the word very.

  228. shinta chandra

    this social bookmark site is good help any sites get vistor and pageview

  229. Gareth

    … then why do the words in the right hand column sound better when preceded by the word ‘very’?

  230. Donna

    Because I have used that word so much, it will be a struggle to stop. However, because of the way it was characterized (as lazy), I will try and remember to eliminate the useless word from my vocabulary!

  231. Merillyn


  232. richie rich

    BWAHAhahaaaa! Dammit!….

    (I was typing and about to use the phrase “very much” and vaguely remembered this “45 ways to avoid ‘very’ ” meme; Googled it and found my phrase wasn’t covered… )

  233. The Halstead Hermit

    I liked this VERY much!!

  234. wanida

    Thank you

  235. kristi276

    The overuse of the word very is not the problem, for it reflects the lack of word skills beyond the level of a 5 year old. Simple words for simple people. Does the very idea of using very in a sentence in order to describe a simple word; very disturbing to the average reader. Very perplexing. Why? I find the overuse of very, very invigorating to say the least; which is the least I can say on the matter of the over abundant use of very. Varying degrees of saturation can be accomplished by place very in various points in a paragraph throughout various sentences. Vicarious! I have very on my mind. I have very on my mind.

  236. TJ

    I am passing this useful article on to my teenage daughter who is attending high school next year. I am sure she will find it EXTREMELY useful. 🙂

  237. Byronius

    The Sphinx character in Mystery Men wasn’t just mysterious; he was terribly mysterious…

  238. PnS Hostings

    Nice lists.

    Thank you learned new things

  239. Bella

    I mean wow.. It was simply nice.

  240. Jason

    The last quote (the “woo women” quote) I distinctly recall being said by John Keating (as played by Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society. Was the character himself quoting Kleinbaum?

  241. PW Dowdy

    I am also bored with the word ‘wonderful’. Any writer who is awake can find a better way of describing a person, a place, or a thing. Nice observation, and thanks.

  242. Peter Kennedy, M.D.

    Now, if I can get all those on the inside of my cuff, or taped to my forearm like our football quarterbacks, e-very-thing will be TERRIFIC!!!!

    On the other hand, I believe Mark Twain said, “I like my words short and simple.” It’s how one puts ’em together that separates use of language from the truly memorable.


    Thank you learned new things

  244. YellowPrinting.com

    sounds good, thanks.

  245. writing

    This is very good post = This is excellent post.

  246. Melisa Amanda

    Thanks 🙂

  247. Jupiter Gray

    The only problem I have with this list is that some of the substitutions lack the nuance of the first word. For example, immaculate is far past “very neat,” on the cleany-bug scale in my opinion.

  248. Douglas

    So when particularly can one use “very”? Has it ceased to be an English word?

  249. Anhi

    wow.. Thanks for the information

  250. lucie flowers

    Never thought about this. Sensible. Thanks.

  251. Dinah Beaton

    Again thank you.

  252. Sandra Lee Vahey

    Wow!!! This is great! I have always wanted to write but have hesitated because I don’t know a lot of the rules and do’s and don’ts to go ahead and take a chance.

  253. Ritesh

    Vert good

  254. KS

    This attack on “very” was entertaining and useful. Now somebody ought to take on the modern-day fad words “icon” and “iconic.” which have been horribly, mindlessly overused over the last 20 years (search “icon” in Google Ngram viewer and you’ll see this).

  255. sara

    very good.thanks for info

  256. Ron

    wow it was something new. I maintain blogs and don’t know how many times i did this mistake of using VERY. Thanks for this. Its not everyday that I found something totally new. Kudos.

  257. Ash

    Very Nice Education . Like it

  258. Osmond

    Helpful, thank you!

  259. khushi

    it is great

  260. Sydney

    This is a VERY BRILLIANT idea! Thank you for sharing.



    Thank you for this post. I constantly try to improve my writing skills as there really is no excuse for not finding the time to do so.

    Doing the same thing over and over again has the same result so I want my blog to be better, and more than telling a story, it is also about learning the words I could use.

    Being from a non-native English speaking country, that fact does not stop me from becoming better.

  262. Sara

    Thanks, very nice article

  263. m22520 yin

    much useful! merci bp!

  264. Vanessa

    that was a great read! Hadn’t thought about that before…. but i LOVE the substitutions!

  265. Rachel Hanson

    What a great reminder! I am deeply appreciative of writers who keep the word “very” to a minimum.

  266. dobby the house elf

    Superb and Sagacious, from now on,I will try to replace the commonly used words into these incredible words that really should be used more often

  267. Seovip

    Thank you for your very informative article.

  268. Ruby Tyagi

    This post always comes handy to me… I love this post of yours Amanda 🙂

  269. Amanda Patterson

    Thank you, Ruby.

  270. Sella

    Awesome – thanks for sharing

  271. Harrison M

    Neat and to the point!

  272. Ajay

    very nice

  273. Ref J

    I love this!

  274. Tallulah Eightwhistles

    I was tempted to use the word very in my comment, but that would be very silly indeed…I appreciated the article and found it to be (not very useful) but exceptionally useful

  275. Mark Sandel

    oo, its very useful. Thanks, a great table!

  276. jox

    all i can say is….AMAZING!

  277. Maurice Spangler

    Awesome post. This is the post searing for 2 hours.

  278. Daniel

    Rather interesting topic you’ve introduced us to. But I think the word very is still needed in English. You know, nowadays most of people don’t use words like exquisite or perilous, but use very+ adjective instead. But if we are talking about writing something, yes, it will be superb. See? I am already using your advice =)

  279. stephen

    Nice work amanda.

  280. Aaron

    This article was very neat… I mean, immaculate.

  281. Lilian Punch

    It helped so much!!! Thanks!!

  282. Jesse

    The N.H. Kleinbaum quote is somewhat mis-attributed. It was from the film “Dead Poets Society (1989)” written by Tom Schulman (and I am pretty sure he kept them in his script to his off-Broadway play (2016)). Kleinbaum wrote the novelization of the film in 1989, but those words were first in the film script.

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