Improve English & sound polished by replacing ‘very’

Feb 9, 2017 | Language

An average person is estimated to know only about 6-12% of the entire vocabulary of words in the English language! What is even more surprising is that we don’t even use a lot of the words that we know. More often than not, we tend to use qualifiers such as “very” and “more” with other words to describe things that could have been better described using other words – very tired instead of exhausted, very happy instead of elated, very fast instead of quick.

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One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.

– Evelyn Waugh

The problem with using “very” is that it makes you appear lazy. It makes you appear less smart. Mediocre. So leverage the power of English language and don’t get “very” addicted!

Here we present 10 simple words that you should use instead of using the qualifier “very”.

Replace Very Happy with Ecstatic

1. Replace Very Happy with Ecstatic

 

Replace Very Tasty with Delicious

2. Replace Very Tasty with Delicious

Replace Very Bad with Terrible or Atrocious

3. Replace Very Bad with Terrible or Atrocious

 

Replace Very Pretty with Gorgeous

4. Replace Very Pretty with Gorgeous

 

Replace Very Worried with Anxious

5. Replace Very Worried with Anxious

 

Replace Very Valuable with Precious

6. Replace Very Valuable with Precious

 

Replace Very Clever with Brilliant

7. Replace Very Clever with Brilliant

 

Replace Very Scared with Petrified

8. Replace Very Scared with Petrified

 

Replace Very Hungry with Starving

9. Replace Very Hungry with Starving

 

Replace Very Stupid with Idiotic

10. Replace Very Stupid with Idiotic

 

Better word for very tired is exhausted

11. Replace Very Tired with Exhausted

Better word for very fast is quick

12. Replace Very Fast with Quick

Better word for Very small is Tiny

13. Replace Very Small with Tiny

Better word for Very Big is Immense

14. Replace Very Big with Immense

Better word for Very ugly is Hideous

15. Replace Very Ugly with Hideous

Better word for Very capable is Accomplished

16. Replace Very Capable with Accomplished

Better word for Very conventional is Conservative

17. Replace Very Conventional with Conservative

Better word for Very fierce is Ferocious

18. Replace Very Fierce with Ferocious

Better word for Very risky is Perilous

19. Replace Very Risky with Perilous