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Words to Use Instead of "Very"

In English, "very" is used extensively as an adverb to emphasize that something is of a high degree or intensity. However, there are many single words that can be used to say the same thing more effectively.

Grammar Corner Words to Use Instead of  Very

 

When speaking or writing English you can make better use of the language and impress the listener/reader by using individual descriptive words rather than using “very” to show a high degree or intensity.

For example:

  • Instead of saying “My friend and I took a ride on the roller coaster and we were very afraid”

  • Say “My friend and I took a ride on the roller coaster and we were terrified”

 

  • Instead of saying “I was very nervous about taking my English exam”

  • Say “I was apprehensive about taking my English exam”

 

  • Instead of saying “My uncle is a very rich man who regularly donates money to charity”

  • Say “My uncle is a wealthy man who regularly donates money to charity”

 

  • Instead of saying “I was very happy when I received my exam results”

  • Say “I was ecstatic when I received my exam results”

 

Although using "very" in these examples is perfectly acceptable and correct English, you will greatly impress your audience if you are able to confidently include the descriptive words listed above into your everyday English usage.

 

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