What are the other words used in English instead of ‘very’?

What are the other words used in English instead of ‘very’?

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“Very” is a heavily used  word in the English Language. The word “very” is an intensifying modifier. You can use it to give the adjective or adverb a stronger meaning.

For example, by saying “a very long lunch” instead of “a long  lunch”, you stress that the meeting is short. Adding “very” gives an emphasis to the adjective or adverb you use to describe a noun, such as a person, a situation, an action, or an object.

While speaking we overuse the word ‘very’ to emphasise the meaning. However this word is vague, gets repetitive and boring. One should learn to build their vocabulary and use more descriptive and convincing words instead of ‘very’.

Here’s an example:

I have to give a speech in front of my entire class tomorrow, and I’m very scared to speak in front of such a large audience.

Instead of saying ‘very scared’ you can try using more descriptive and convincing words like terrified or petrified. 

I have to give a speech in front of my entire class tomorrow, and I’m terrified to speak in front of such a large audience.

Here are few words that can replace ‘very’

very afraid -> fearful

very angry -> furious

very calm -> serene

very cold -> freezing

very boring -> dull

very big -> massive

very beautiful -> gorgeous

very bright -> luminous

very bad -> awful

very clean -> spotless

very clear -> obvious

very expensive -> costly

very easy -> effortless

very exciting -> thrilled

very dirty -> filthy

very dry -> arid

very deep -> profound

very dangerous -> perilous

very crowded -> bustling

very important -> crucial

We hope this blog helps you understand the different kinds of words that could be used instead of ‘very’ in the English Language. You can now sign up for our free online class and boost your child’s vocabulary and communication skills. Your child will also receive an International Certification at the end of the course.

Also Read: The difference between Neither and Either

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