Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’

 

Robin Williams standing on desk in front of classroom of boys

This is the advice Robin Williams had for his classroom of boys in Dead Poet’s Society: 

“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 endeavour, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

Here are some substitutes for the word ‘very’.

list of words to use instead of 'very'

Sound advice, methinks. Hope you find it useful. I know they teach all this stuff to us in Primary School, but it’s worth a reminder.

8 thoughts on “Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’

  1. “Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women”

    I got a kick out of that, Libby. Then I got kicked again a minute or two later by the memory of a theory in the evolutionary sciences. Namely, that language evolved out of mating calls.

    Here’s my question. Were you referring to the theory when you crafted the witticism?

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