How to Avoid “Very”

“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. Language was invented for one reason boys – to woo women – and in that endeavor, laziness will not do.”  – Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society (1989)

If you are a writer, this may mean less word count. But don’t worry, quality is over quantity. They say only amateurs use the word ‘very’.  (I think I’m still an amateur. Does that give me the green light to use it still? Fine.)

However, you can still use the word to express a certain character’s lack of literacy or vocabulary knowledge.

Below is an info-graphic of some words to use in place of adding ‘VERY’.

DOnt use very
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