Priceless Writing TipsImprove Your Writing Style with This One Weird Tip

Writing Style The room is half-dark, and the time stands still. Your fingers are rhythmically typing something smart and interesting. You don’t even need to control it – your fingers already know what and how to type. You’re on autopilot…

If only writing could be like that. In this reality, however, good writing requires sweat, blood and tears… Fortunately. Because that’s why we’ll be always employed. Good writing skills are precious;)

One weird tip we offer to add even more points to your qualification is to delete one word from all your papers. It’s the word ‘very’. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s a sign of lazy writing. It’s one of the most useless words in the English language.

Look through this list to spice up your writing style and make it more convincing.

Intensifying the Adverbs

So, here are 20 great ways to say more in one adverb:

A word A more intense synonym
angrily furiously
loudly piercingly
nervously anxiously
proudly arrogantly
badly viciously
beautifully magnificently
bleakly despairingly
brightly dazzlingly
cruelly brutally
diligently thoroughly
easily smoothly
generously abundantly
greedily meanly
strongly intensely
successfully productively

Escalating the Adjectives

Another group of words which can go without ‘very’ is adjectives:

A word A more intense synonym
beautiful stunning
funny hilarious
controlling tyrannical
lazy indolent
old ancient
polite courteous
trustworthy reliable
vague obscure
true accurate
stupid unintelligent
smart shrewd
important essential
interesting fascinating
boring tedious
strong tenacious

Other Words to Avoid

By the way, ‘very’ is not the only adverb non grata. The following empty fillers are highly not recommended for academic writing style:

  • basically
  • literally
  • generally

Would you like to add some synonym pairs to this list?
And by the way, on which side are you – should we use ‘very’ in academic writing? Are you for using ‘very’ to increase the word count or for using stronger alternatives to spice up your writing style? I hope to read your answers below.

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