Very, the bane of many editor’s existences. When should you use this little, annoying, and misunderstood word in writing?
I have really strong opinions on this…
Unless absolutely necessary, do not use the word very in writing. Very is filler 99% of the time. Do not write filler. One of the worst things any writer can do is write filler to just take up page space. 99% of the time, very has no added value.
There only three exceptions where you could use the word very
- if you have been using words like quite, really, and extremely a lot and want something new
- In informal writing (or verbal conversation)
- There are really rare cases where certain expressions force you to use very
My admittedly strong opinion on this is that, apart from the three cases which I described, avoided using very at all costs in your writing.
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