We’re all guilty of it: “This food is very good”; “She was very nice”; “I’m very tired.” “Very” is a common word in our vernacular, and it’s very easy to overuse. It may seem like an innocent choice, but there are other more accurate words that can be used in its place. And it definitely can’t hurt to expand our vocabulary to more properly express ourselves.
Now those alternate words might not be coming to you at the top of your head, but luckily, they don’t have to. The website ProofreadingServices.com created a handy dandy chart that can help you find the right phrase to express what you really mean. For example, instead of saying you are very confused, you can say you are perplexed, or if something is very cold, it’s freezing.
For more examples of words you can use instead of very, take a look at the infographic below. You’ll soon be impressing your friends and family with your very detailed — I mean, meticulous — way of of speaking.