TEACHING ENGLISH/WRITING – 45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word ‘Very’

Below is a fellow teacher’s (Ray ?) handout from Abdullah Gul University in Turkey. Use the thesaurus in your writing program!

Avoid saying very:Say:
afraidterrified
angryfurious
badatrocious
beautifulexquisite
bigimmense
brightdazzling
capableaccomplished
cleanspotless
cleverbrilliant
coldfreezing
conventionalconservative
dirtysqualid
dryparched
eagerkeen
fastquick
fierceferocious
goodsuperb
happyjubilant
hotscalding
hungryravenous
largecolossal
livelyvivacious
lovedadored
neatimmaculate
oldancient
poordestitute
prettygorgeous
quietsilent
riskyperilous
roomyspacious
rudevulgar
serioussolemn
smalltiny
strongunyielding
stupididiotic
tastydelicious
thingaunt
tiredexhausted
uglyhideous
valuableprecious
weakfeeble
wetsoaked
wickedvillainous
wisesagacious
worriedanxious
  www.writeswrite.co.za
Oh dear, like many personal teacher’s websites, this one is no longer available. Thanks to the original writer, whoever and wherever you are!

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