Very is a word that could very much be eliminated from our vocabulary without a ripple of consequence. If you remove the bolded verys in this post, you’ll see what I mean.
Very is very superficial and makes writing very weak. Rather than thinking of a stronger word, a lazy writer will settle for very to gain emphasis. For example: ‘he ran very fast’ could be changed to ‘he bolted’.
Very is a word I want to wage a war against. So, my advice is, get in the habit of finding the unneeded verys and delete them.
Are there any other words you try to avoid?
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