Upgrading your language on a regular basis is something that thousands enjoy, and find helpful. ‘Very’ is one of the most common words, and sometimes, it tends to get overused. If you have to write regularly or speak regularly, then you should look at alternatives for this very easy-going vocabulary. This habit of learning a different word for the most used ones enhances the language and impresses your readers/listeners. Here are some different words you can use instead of ‘very’.
Very and immensely can be used as an alternative of the other. Here’s an example:
This assignment is very difficult for me to complete.
This assignment is immensely difficult for me to complete.
As you can see, using a different word in place of very has lifted the essence and the look of this sentence. This can make you sound more eloquent in this language.
There are a number of contexts, where both these words can substitute one another. Although, the use of extremely does make the sentence a tad stronger than it was. For example:
We are very late; seems like we are going to miss the train.
We are extremely late; seems like we are going to miss the train.
When we use ‘extremely’ in this sentence, it lays a stronger emphasis on the fact that they are late, and so much that they could miss the train. Using ‘very’ over here could make for a weaker sentence.
Use the word significant to express something with much more strength, than with ‘very’. For example:
Our new boss, Mark, has made a very big difference in the profits of this company.
Our new boss, Mark, has made a significant difference in the profits of this company.
In the above example, you can see that the use of a different word, ‘significant’ did not just add intensity to the expression, but also eliminated the word ‘big’. This reduces wordiness in a sentence.
‘Supremely’ is a better fit than ‘very’ in cases when you want to praise someone. Check out this example:
Jacob can handle more than one project at a time; he is very hard-working.
Jacob can handle more than one project at a time; he is supremely hard-working.
You can see how this different word has changed the entire meaning of this sentence not in the sense of context, but in the sense of precision. You could say ‘very’ and that becomes very common. A lot of people are hard-working indeed! But when you say ‘supremely’, it means that this person is one notch above the others. This makes your point clearer than before.
You can ditch ‘very’ and resort to ‘remarkably’ when you want to admire the beauty of something. This is how you can do that:
Kashmir is a very beautiful place in India.
Kashmir is a remarkably beautiful place in India.
Using remarkably place of very adds more weight to how beautiful the place really is.
Don’t touch the live wires; it is very dangerous!
Don’t touch the live wires; it is highly dangerous!
You see the difference, don’t you? Using a different word like ‘highly’ in place of ‘very’ in this sentence lays stress on the danger aspect of that action.
These are just some of the substitutes that can take over this common word and make one feel that you are a bundle of vocabulary. If you are at an impactful position in your office, then people might notice that you use the word ‘very’ a lot. But if you use these different words, then they are sure to be impressed. Similarly, you can get a pat on your back from your teacher for doing the same. Add beauty to this generic word, and to your hold in the English language.