As a writer, I’m told that the word “very” weakens prose and proves me lazy. Initially, I viewed this as a very serious (solemn) problem. That’s because I was writing my blogs at night, when I was very tired (exhausted). This is the only time I have to spare after a full day of work and household chores.
The longer I stayed awake at nights to find other ways to say what I meant without using “very,” the more I would raid the kitchen and eat. I become very hungry (ravenous) when I stay up past 11pm! Someone even commented that I was becoming very fat (dumpy), which made me very angry (furious).
I decided I was going to have to be very creative (innovative) about my writing and my time management. This clearly isn’t a very small (tiny) problem as plenty is written about it on the Internet and in grammar books. And I trust my editor; she’s very clear (lucent) in her approach.
At this point, I was very eager (keen) to make some changes. I have a very smart (brilliant) and aware friend who whistles every time she hears me say “very,” and she has a very fierce (ferocious) whistle.
“Very” “whoot!” “Very” “whoot!” “Very” “whoot!” I was a very good (superb student), and she was a very capable (an accomplished) whistler; therefore, within 5 days, I was thoroughly trained with plenty of alternative word choices at my fingertips.
I am now learning that in some very select cases, such as this one, “very” can work. It shouldn’t be completely banned from our writing.
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I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.