128 Ways to Avoid the Word Very [Infographic]

    ways to avoid the word very

    Have you ever noticed how often you use the word ‘very’?

    We tend to use it to make a point or express a superlative. However, we often end up with a lame sentence because the word ‘very’ has lost all power through overuse.

    Check out the fantastic infographic below that offers 128 words you can use instead of ‘very’.

    This list of words will make your writing sparkle!

    128 Words to Use Instead of Very

    What did you learn from the infographic? Please share in the comments.

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

    • Hey Mary,

      It is really a big collection of words that used instead of Very.
      Thanks for sharing the nice list.

    • Tillie Bright says:

      I’m wanting to know how I can get a copy of your “very” list. I suspect it would be helpful for me.

    • This is a very site which help us know about many things.I have such a beautiful site like this.

    • I salute writers like you for doing a great job!

    • Great insight and very useful. Bookmarked.

    • Julia Reed says:

      Love infographics like this: simple and useful. This is the type of infographic you do not just share but also save – and actually return to it when needed. Personally, I think that it’s unnecessary to cut the word “very” eternally, but the alternative would be nice.

    • Micheal A says:

      This is really nice… I like the infograph even though, am more guilty of most of the words highlighted above. I will save this page for future use.


    • Adam says:

      This might be the most useful infographic I’ve come across!

    • Hello Mary,

      Loved the infographic, a truly impressive way to express your point of view.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Jeanette says:

      Thanks for this post. The word “very” is so easy to use. But this infographic offers so many alternatives I hadn’t considered. It certainly makes a good reference tool.

    • Great article! You gave some very good tips for my next piece of writing. I’ve recently seen a lot of Write for us guidelines which included things like “don’t use very” and I’ve found it intriguing and challenging. Now it is easier

    • Rohini says:

      The only time to use very is when your character says, “Be afraid, be very afraid! ” just kidding Mary. Useful and clear. I am going to print it and place it on my notice board… As I am dreadfully forgetful!

    • Bruce Kendall says:

      Nice, but not a fan of infographics.

    • Richard says:

      … or you could just say “very, very” before the word you want to emphasise, so as to counter the loss of effectiveness due to overuse!!! 🙂

      Reminds me of a character in the Catherine Tate show, who when offended by something (which of course is the end point of each skit he appears in), says “how very dare you!”

    • Woah,
      Nice piece of well crafted content <3 The points you covered are really awesome 🙂 everything you wrote was agreeable really cool thanks for writing such a cool post
      ~ Hemant Kumar

    • Amazing! thank you, thank you, thank you! I need more please.

    • David says:

      Great infographic! But I found this tool to be useful too for finding alternatives to the word “very”: http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

    • I still use “very” in character dialogue, as it frequently appears in everyday speech. But in narration, even 1st-person, that word has to go (as much as possible).

      Great use of the graphic! Gotta love the power of visuals!

    • Amar kumar says:

      Hey Mary,

      We can observe in several post word “very” comes many times, It seems repetitive. For a perfect development of content we should keep in mind words not get repeated several times it makes our content some boring in visual. You have illustrated significant 128 words without using word very in our content, they are absolutely valuable for us. I also admit sometimes i also use very before specific word. Your post going to boost content development level.

      With best wishes,

      Amar kumar

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you for the informative information. I will check my work to see if I over use the word “Very”.

    • Shariq Augest says:

      One more amazing article on this blog. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tayde Rodríguez Gabarrón says:

      En verdad me parece maldita interesante. Tendré cuidado de la repetición. malditas gracias

    • Meiji says:

      This makes me want to go back to my work and see if I’ve fallen victim to the damn word too. I didn’t know about this. Thank you. 😀

    • Deena says:

      What a great idea for a blog post! Thank you so much for the great list and graphic.

    • Anh Nguyen says:


      Thanks for sharing with us this captivating infographic. I’m one of those guilty of over using words, and “very” is a major one. I’ve bookmarked this infographic to read and reread to improve my vocabulary. 😉


    • Nicolas says:

      Yes Mary, all the comments are true you always come up with wonderful information.
      It always helps me as I continue editing my manuscript, it has improved alot.
      Your posts are always helpful.

    • Doug MacNab says:

      When it comes to the word ‘very’, I have one unwritten rule. Avoid it like the plague… unless it’s in a line of dialogue. Yep, only between these: “very”. Because when it comes to speaking, we all use it conversationally if even only on occasion. So I don’t let myself worry over a fictional character in my head saying “that was very…”

    • Joshua says:

      Very helpful tips. Time to review yet to publish articles. Thanks Mary

    • Patricia says:

      Fantastic list! Will sharpen my writing for sure. An essential tool to add to my toolbox.

    • Marlena says:

      Years ago, a teacher in my literacy class warned us about using the word “very” to emphasize or exaggerate in a sentence. This is a good reminder of words to exchange for that nasty word.

      What is a good example for the usage of very?

    • Saleem says:

      I must be a better writer than I thought. I never use very and I instinctively use more robust words. I must have stumbled upon this writing skill without even realizing it.

    • I love this! I cannot wait to go find how many times I wrote “very” in my manuscript …. and how many unnecessary words I can now delete! Thanks for the great article!

    • Leona Wellington says:

      You are always such a pleasure to read and very helpful, I mean supportive to writers! Thanks,

    • Chris Graham says:

      “Although the tickets for entry were cherished, we wanted to go in because the diving pool was profound.”

      Hmm… That didn’t really work, did it? (Very dear, and very deep.)

      Joking aside, a useful vocabulary when you need that occasional superlative and adding ‘very’ simply doesn’t do the job.

    • As always, Mary, your articles amuse, inspire, and otherwise provide us a ‘damn’ informative way to begin our day – thanks! 🙂

    • Von says:

      Thank you! Definitely a great way to start my writing day! Much appreciated. ♥

    • I love this…what a powerful list of words, and a great reminder not to fall into predictable patterns. Thanks.

    • madhav says:

      Good article. Very informative. Sorry Brilliant article.

      • Jeanine Potter says:

        decidedly a damndably exceptional article. Thank you!

    • Mary, love the lists of words you have here. I’m going to check them to see if they’re on the lists of words I’ve saved.

      Down with wimpy words!

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