Editor's note:  As our lives get more and more hectic, communicating clearly has become one of the most valuable professional sk ills. Y...

45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very'

Editor's note: As our lives get more and more hectic, communicating clearly has become one of the most valuable professional skills. Yet despite our best efforts, the wrong words can slip into our writing anywhere, anytime. We tend to use it to make a point or express a superlative. However, we often end up with a lame sentence because the word ‘very’ has lost all power through overuse.

Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very.'

  • 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
  • ‘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
  • 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. Languages were invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays. ~N.H. Kleinbaum





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