46 ways to avoid using the word “very”

I am a big movie fan, collecting a sheer volume of Blu-ray movies in my removable disk, both Hollywood and other countries’ production, say Britain. Recently I found that the line in American movies are full of simple, direct words, whereas the British ones are sometimes filled with sophisticated words such as Bill Nighy in “Page Eight” saying the word chauffeur instead of driver. Why don’t they use simple words? Maybe intentionally, the British films intend to say the opulent words to distinguish themselves from their straightforward counterparts, or just because the advanced words are only available in these well-educated British gentlemen.

More importantly, I collected more of these substitutions below in the form, and I advise that these advanced vocabulary is far more important in the IELTS writing and speaking test you should know.

 Avoid saying:  Rather saying:  Avoid saying:  Rather saying:
 afraid  terrified  neat  immaculate
 angry  furious  old  ancient
 bad  atrocious  poor  destitute
 beautiful  exquisite  pretty  beautiful
 big  immense  quiet  silent
 bright  dazzling  risky  perious
 capable  accomplished  roomy  spacious
 clean  spotless  rude  vulgar
 cold  freezing  serious  solemn
 conventional  conservative small  tiny
 dirty  squalid  strong  unyielding
 dry  parched  stupid  idiotic
 eager  keen  sad  morose
 fast  quick  tasty  delicious
 fierce  ferocious  thin  gaunt
 good  superb  tired  exhausted
 happy  jubilant  ugly  hideous
 hot  scalding  valuable  precious
 hungry  ravenous  weak  feeble
 large  colossal  wet  soaked
 lively  vivacous  wicked  villainous
 loved  adored  wise  sagacious
 clever  brilliant  worried  anxious

The list is endless as you know. You can collect your own to make your English more high-level. I am afraid that I really need several days to digest these new words.

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Discussions — 2 Responses

  • Cyril 2016/03/07 on 7:22 am

    it’s neat, not “net” (immaculate)

    • pirlo Cyril 2016/03/15 on 8:11 am

      Yes, I have corrected it, thanks.