Stop Saying Very In English

Stop saying “Very!”

In this vocabulary lesson, you’ll learn how to stop saying VERY in English and replace it with more powerful and advanced adjectives to sound like a native speaker. It’s time to break the habit of repeating the same words over and over again!

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Other words for very

stop saying very in English

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So in this advanced English lesson, we’re going to look at other words to use instead of “very.” I got 20 particular examples. Let’s start.


it’s an intensifier; we use it to strengthen the meaning of other expressions

The weather is cold.

The weather is very cold.

The weather is really cold.

Very vs Really

we don’t use “very” when we go up in terms of our intensity

I’m very tired.

I’m really tired.

I’m very exhausted.

I’m really exhausted.

That book was very amazing.

That book was really amazing.

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very noisy

The music is very noisy.


The music is deafening.

very often

I meet him very often.


I meet him frequently.

very old

That statue is very old.


That statue is ancient.

very open

His conversation is very open.

1. transparent

His conversation is transparent.

2. clear

His conversation is very clear.

3. accessible

His conversation is accessible.

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very poor

This area of the city is very poor.


This area of the city is destitute.

very powerful

His argument is very powerful.


His argument is compelling.

very pretty

The view is very pretty.


The view is stunning.

very quick

There was a very quick change in the temperature.


There was a rapid change in the temperature.

very quiet

Everyone has gone very quiet.


Everyone has hushed.

The teacher addressed the hushed classroom.

very rich

This area of the city is very rich.


This area of the city is affluent.

very sad

The music is very sad.

1. sorrowful

The music is sorrowful.

2. dejected

The people are dejected.

very scared

I’m very scared of big dogs.

1. petrified

I’m petrified of big dogs.

2. terrified

I’m terrified of thunder and lightning storms.

very serious

The situation is very serious.

His illness is very serious.


The situation is grave.

His illness is grave.

stop saying very in English

Stop saying very in English. Upgrade your vocabulary. English grammar rules. Improve English speaking. Advanced English lessons on Zoom and Skype. Improve English speaking and writing skills. #learnenglish

very shiny

The car is very shiny. I polished it well.

1. gleaming

Wow, the car is gleaming!

2. lustrous

Her hair was lustrous and full.

very short 

His presentation was good, but it was very short.


His presentation was good, but it was brief.

very shy

He is very shy.

1. timid

He is timid.

2. bashful

He is bashful.

3. sheepish

He is sheepish.

very simple

The exercise is very simple.

1. basic

The exercise is basic.

2. plain

The food was really good, but it was plain.

very angry

She was very angry.

1. furious

He was absolutely furious when he learnt that I hadn’t completed the work on time.

2. outraged

He was outraged.

3. irate

The customer was irate because their order has gone wrong.

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very bad

The service was very bad.

1. awful

The service was awful.

2. atrocious

The service was atrocious.

3. unacceptable

The service was unacceptable.

The weather was awful.

The weather was atrocious.

The weather was unacceptable.

very busy

I’m very busy at work.

1. swamped

I’m swamped with work.

2. snowed under

I’m snowed under with work.

So there you have 20 particular examples of very simple ways in which we can use “very” and then other alternatives instead of saying “very.”

You need to practise them, to understand them and put them into your speech or into your writing. Try to learn a few every week.

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