Chances are, if you use the word “very” to describe something, there’s a better word out there. Many times, People use “very” as a modifier for a word that could easily be replaced with a stronger, more accurate word.
Here are three great quotes about the overuse of the word “very” to remember…
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. Language was 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
This infographic tells you what to use instead in place of phrases like “very happy” or “very angry.”
128 Words To Use Instead Of ‘Very’ To Change Your Speech Pattern