Writing is hard, and writing without repeating yourself is very, very hard—but as you may have already noticed, one of the most repeated words in English is the intensifying modifier "very." That's why the website ProofreadingServices.com created this chart of 128 words you can use instead of placing "very" in front of a more common word. For example, describing someone as "destitute" or "penniless" is more descriptive than "very poor."

Now, look: "very" is a great word. It's superb. Excellent. Outstanding. It's versatile, robust, clear, useful, direct, and powerful. It's very good. That said, it gets used very, very, very frequently, and that can become very repetitive and very boring very quickly. Not all of these words are perfect (many pedants have already pointed out that "exact" is not really an exact replacement for "very accurate"). Not all of them will fit your needs, but if you write a lot and want to avoid sounding dull and generic, this list will be very useful to you. Indispensable, even.

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