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The more I think about this, the more fustulated I become. When people use quotations, i wish they would give the entire citation. On the other hand, the overuse of inflated subject compliments wearies me — five minutes of TV and you have heard enough screaming-level adjectives to deafen you for the rest of your life and to dull your heart, your perceptions — all your senses.
So inflating language for emphasis is not all that great an idea. Using the appropriate level of adjective for the situation is best. Very clever does not equal brilliant. Neither does damn clever. This was an interesting post. I never thought about how many times I use the word very and now I will try to use other words to eliminate the word very?
I have a very limited vocabulary and have been working very hard on learning new words. Thank you so much for giving me some new much needed ammunition! While I do agree that very anything should be reconsidered, I would not take the extreme position that it is never appropriate in writing. I opine that the author agrees, and wants only to encourage more descriptive words when very would dilute the message by introducing emphasis, where none should be necessary.
If it is, it is. But sometimes there are degrees, as in love. A good test would be to ask yourself if something is extremely so. If it is, substitute another word. Thanks for the share. The second is to enrich your vocabulary by using a greater variety of adjectives.
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This is also sound advice. Those adjectives have their own peculiar nuances and should only be used where they are really appropriate. I would avoid them unless necessary. They are different animals. Something can be very cold without being freezing, or very bad without being atrocious. I already use some of these words, but I have a tendency to combine them.
Is that correct, or is it bad form? While the logic and argument makes sense in using words that adequately describe the situation, it does not altogether diminish the use or efficacy of the word either as an adjective or adverb. She had very large breasts for instance cannot possibly be written she had colossal breasts. All things in context please.
Thank you for your very informative and wery well redacted article. This article which is very informative has helped me a LOT to replace the word very, so my writing will be richer, in fact I think that it will very rich from now on. What a resourceful post?! Thanks for sharing. Now I know what my next lesson plan will cover, thank you! Hey Patzi, by any chance are you interested in Spanish? I can offer you Spanish. My apologizes if this message is inadequate. I disagree with this. The whole thing. Very ugly and hideous are different.
If you choose to say something is ugly it is ugly, there are four letters and has a hard g, which sounds ugly. This is an exercise in using a thesaurus to write instead of how you think about words. I love this! Me and my friend Abby have been making new creative sentences with these amazing words!!!! Thanks for the advice. Replacing it with another breathlessness is just as bad.