Over the next few weeks, I’m looking at the very frequent use of ‘very’, which is very bad, as you know so very well.
Okay, a touch of overkill, but you know we all do it: use ‘very’ to modify a verb or adjective rather than search for a stronger one that will say the same thing, only better. So, here are a few examples to make it easier for you to reject that easy option. Choose with care; synonyms are not always exact matches and you need to consider context.
Very bad – atrocious, unprincipled, black-hearted, evil, heinous, wicked, diabolical, monstrous
Very poor – destitute, underprivileged, impecunious, broke, bankrupt, penurious, impoverished
Very lively – vivacious, animated, vital, effervescent, impassioned, enthusiastic
Very worried – anxious, nervous, alarmed, hysterical, dismayed, apprehensive
Very beautiful – exquisite, radiant, divine, picturesque, sublime, heavenly, ravishing, gorgeous
Very large – colossal, huge, enormous, vast, immense, gigantic, monumental,
Very quiet – silent, hushed, calm, noiseless, mute, peaceful, serene,
Very wise – sagacious, brilliant, profound, reasonable, intellectual, experienced
A few more. There’ll be others, next week.