We often use "very" to make a description stronger. It's a useful word, but there are better words you can use that don't need it. Here's a list you can study.

Very is the simplest intensifier. Intensifiers are words that strengthen the meaning of another word.

Sometimes, to make the meaning even stronger, you can repeat very. For example: Sarah is very beautiful. Last night, she was very, very beautiful in her red dress.

However, it's not always good to use very repeatedly. This is especially true in writing.

That's an adorable puppy!

Here's a list of words you can use instead of very.

  1. 1. furious – very angry
    Michael was furious when he found out someone hit his car.

  2. 2. awful – very bad

  3. The garbage can smells awful! Take it out.

  4. 3. adorable – very cute

  5. That's an adorable puppy!

  6. 4. gorgeous – very beautiful
    Sarah wore a gorgeous red dress to the party.

5. comprehensive – very complete
He gave a comprehensive report on the project.

We went on an effortless hike to the waterfalls.

  1. 6. swamped – very busy
    I'm swamped with work for months.

  2. 7. effortless – very easy
    We went on an effortless hike to the waterfalls.

  3. 8. massive – very big
    The sun is a massive star that measures 1,392,000 kilometers in diameter.

  4. 9. perilous – very dangerous
    Mount Everest is a perilous mountain to climb.

  5. 10. filthy – very dirty
    Change your shirt. It's filthy!

Running can be an exhilarating experience.

  1. 11. ecstatic – very happy
    Paul was ecstatic to find out that his wife was pregnant.

  2. 12. obese – very fat
    At 140 kilos, Bryant was an obese man.

  3. 13. exhilarating – very exciting
    Running can be an exhilarating experience.

  4. 14. crucial – very important
    Exercise is crucial for maintaining good health.

  5. 15. wealthy – very rich
    Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is a wealthy man.

For more words, check out this 128-word list. Practice using the words in a sentence!

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