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IELTS vocabulary practice: list of words to use instead of ‘very’

IELTS vocabulary practice: list of words to use instead of 'very'

It’s simple to forget what to use in place of ‘very’ because English has so many descriptive terms.

The word ‘very’ is an intensifier, which is used as an adverb or adverbial phrase that amplifies the significance of other words and conveys emphasis.

One of the frequent intensifiers used in English is the word ‘very’. Most of the time we use very+adjective to amplify the significance of other words and convey emphasis.

While it may be simple to write anything with the word ‘very’, using descriptive words allows you to be much more creative with your writing and aids in your academic success!

Below is a list of words/ phrases you can use in place of ‘very’. I hope this helps you understand more appropriate vocabulary and use them precisely in your IELTS and other formal writings.

Very basic —> Fundamental
Very beautiful —> Gorgeous
Very big —> Massive
Very boring —> Dull
Very bright —> Luminous
Very busy —> Swamped
Very calm —> Serene
Very afraid —> Fearful
Very accurate —> Exact
Very aggressive —> Forceful
Very amazed —> Astonished
Very angry —> Furious
Very creative —> Innovative
Very creamy —> Velvety
Very crowded —> Bustling
Very curious —> Snoopy
Very cute —> Adorable
Very dangerous—> Perilous
Very dark—> Lightless
Very dear —> Cherished
Very consistent —> Constant
Very contrary —> Confrontational
Very conventional —> Conservative
Very corrupt —> Fraudulent
Very decent —> Noble
Very deep —> Profound
Very deformed —> Misshapen
Very delicate —> Subtle
Very desperate —> Frantic
Very difficult —> Arduous
Very dirty —> Filthy
Very disagreeable —> Obnoxious
Very dismal —> Morbid
Very distinct —> Definite
Very dramatic —> Theatrical
Very dry —> Arid
Very dubious —> Suspicious
Very dull —> Tedious
Very eager —> Keen
Very easy —> Effortless
Very efficient —> Resourceful
Very embarrassed —> Ashamed
Very empty —> Desolate
Very enthusiastic —> Ebullient
Very evil —> Wicked
Very excited —> Thrilled
Very expensive —> Costly
Very fair—> Equitable
Very faithful —> Loyal
Very famous —> Renowned
Very fancy —> Lavish
Very far —> Remote
Very fast —> Quick
Very fat —> Obese
Very fierce —> Ferocious
Very friendly —> Amiable
Very funny —> Hilarious
Very glad —> Overjoyed
Very great —> Terrific
Very good —> Excellent
Very happy —> Ecstatic
Very heavy —> Leaden
Very hot —> Scalding
Very hungry —> Starving
Very hurt —> Battered
Very huge —> Colossal
Very large —> Huge
Very lazy —> Indolent
Very light —> Luminous
Very little —> Tiny
Very lively —> Animated
Very long —> Extensive
Very loose —> Slack
Very lovely –> Adorable
Very mean —> Cruel
Very messy —> Slovenly
Very neat —> Immaculate
Very nice —> Kind
Very noisy —> Deafening
Very often —> Frequently
Very old —> Ancient
Very open —> Transparent
Very pale —> Ashen
Very perfect —> Flawless
Very poor —> Destitute
Very powerful —> Compelling
Very pretty —> Beautiful
Very quick —> Rapid
Very quiet —> Hushed
Very rainy —> Pouring
Very rich —> Wealthy
Very risky —> Perilous
Very roomy —> Spacious
Very rude —> Vulgar
Very sad —> Sorrowful
Very scared —> Petrified
Very scary —> Chilling
Very serious —> Grave
Very sharp —> Keen
Very shiny —> Gleaming
Very short —> Brief
Very shy —> Timid
Very stupid —> Idiotic
Very talented —> Gifted
Very tall —> Towering
Very tasty —> Delicious
Very thin —> Gaunt
Very thirsty —> Parched
Very tight —> Constricting
Very tiny —> Minuscule
Very tired —>  Exhausted
Very upset —> Distraught
Very ugly —> Hideous
Very valuable —> Precious
Very warm —> Hot
Very weak —> Frail
Very wet —> Soaked
Very wicked —> Villainous
Very wide —> Expansive
Very willing —> Eager
Very windy —> Blustery
Very wise —> Sage
Very simple —> Basic
Very skinny —> Skeletal
Very slow —> Sluggish
Very small —> Petite
Very smart—> Intelligent
Very smooth —> Sleek
Very soft —> Downy
Very sorry —> Apologetic
Very special —> Exceptional
Very sure —> Certain
Very sweet —> Thoughtful
Very smart —> Intelligent
Very strong —> Forceful

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