- Susan "Zuzu" Skelly
A Very Big Problem with Very
Have you ever eaten something so often that eating it becomes boring?
Been to a place so many times that you don’t notice its beauty anymore?
Too much of a good thing is bad, right? But what’s this got to do with the word very? Very is a great word. It’s a useful word. It just doesn’t have much zing.
We use very so often that it loses its strength – its teeth – and fails to pull you in or help you understand the true size or importance of something.
So, what could you replace very with? Below are some common ways we see very and what we could say instead.
About a place
About people who have a lot to do
Very hot (weather or indoor temperature)
Like an oven
Very cold (weather or indoor temperature)
Sick as a dog
Before using these replacements, ask an English speaker you trust or check their exact meanings in a dictionary to make sure you’re doing it right.
Phew! That’s a long list of powerful words!
But what if you’re talking and can’t remember any replacements? In those moments, replace very with:
Saying that something is remarkably big will better express your idea than saying it’s very big.
Which of the possible replacements is/are your favorite? How do you plan to use them? Let us know in the comments!
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