How to Avoid Using “Very” in Your Writing

It’s easy to use “very”: just tack it on to an any adjective and it’s immediately intensified. It gets stale pretty fast, though. While I try not to subscribe to linguistic prescriptivism, I do want to play with language and make it richer whenever possible. In other words, I don’t want to discourage you from using simple language, but provide options. To that end, I’ve compiled a number of infographics and websites to help you replace “very” with richer adjectives to give more texture to your writing. brings us this comprehensive list of 128 alternatives. They’re using it as a marketing tool, but it’s immensely useful so I don’t mind. In fact, it’s an excellent use of


If that’s enough, here’s another one from Writer’s Write: