The word very, while useful, is overused and inexact, even when paired with another word. You can make your writing stronger by reducing the frequency that you use phrases that begin with the word very and replace them with some more unique and specific options below instead.
There are several words that function as general synonyms for very. They can be paired with other words to form a descriptive phrase.
The word very is often used in front of the term angry. To spice it up, try one of these words or phrases instead of saying "very angry."
In this phrase (and many mentioned below), very is used as an adverb to describe an adjective. Very adds to the intensity of the adjective you are using.
Sometimes the word bad doesn't convey just how "not good" something really is. One of these other ways to say "very bad" just might get the point across a bit better.
Very can also be used as an adjective to describe a noun. This isn’t as common as its adverb form though.
- When I opened the front door, I saw the very cat my neighbor had reported as lost.
- Reading his poem touched my very soul.
The word beautiful is more intense than pretty, but sometimes it's still not sufficient to capture the degree of beauty you're trying to describe. These words go beyond beautiful.
When describing something that is very big or large in size, there are a number of appropriate one-word alternatives.
When something is beyond boring, the least you can do is find a more interesting description than the phrase "very boring."
For an even more specific description of your smart friend or the literally bright sun, opt for one of these synonyms for "very bright."
When you're describing a person or an idea as very smart, you might want to use one of the phrases below.
- highly intelligent
When someone takes carefulness to a high level, the individual can be described as "very careful." One of the following words might describe that person a little bit better though.
There is clean and then there is beyond clean. Consider these words when you're looking for an unambiguous way to describe something as "very clean."
- spic and span
When there is little room for doubt, the phrase "very clear" may work. However, you may want to instead use one of the options below.
- clear as a bell
- crystal clear
There are varying degrees of cold, from a slight chill to "very cold" to an extreme degree. Consider one of these options to explain the degree you're going for.
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If something isn't difficult, it's easy. Sometimes it's so simple that you need to clarify that it's easier than easy. Rather than describing something as "very easy," consider one of the terms below.
Some things are a little bit exciting while others are very exciting. Discover single words to convey the upper bounds of that spectrum.
When you're looking to express that something is happening very fast or occurring very quickly, consider one of these terms.
If something is more than just good, it's not unusual to describe it as "very good." Or you could use one of the following words.
Are you looking for a way to express extreme happiness? The words below are good alternatives to simply stating that you're very happy.
Sometimes the temperature is so hot that describing it that way just doesn't get the point across. Consider these options instead.
When you're searching for an alternative to the phrase "very much," one of the terms below may be exactly what you need.
When a sound is so soft that it's below the threshold of "very quiet," it may be appropriate to use one of the following terms.
- barely audible
When something occurs for only a very short period of time, there are a number of words that can convey your precise meaning.
Short is one way that a person or object could be very small. Or try one of the following words to precisely communicate what you mean by small.
The phrase "very strong" could be used to describe physical strength, a strong belief or opinion, or a scent. Choose an appropriate synonym.
When you're so tired that it's hard to find a word to accurately convey just how very tired you are, consider one of these options.
- worn out
When describing a circumstance in which a person lacks funds to an extreme degree, use one of these words.
Are you looking for a more sophisticated way to say "very ugly"? Consider one of these synonyms.
When a person lacks strength to an extreme degree, the individual can be described as "very weak." There are several suitable synonyms for this phrase too.
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