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46 ways to avoid using the word “very”

15/02/20142 minute read

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 conservativesmall 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.


This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing. I am a graduate who have passed IELTS exam for 3.5 years. Surprisingly, it is also brand new to me to learn those comparsion.

  2. BTW, I have completed my postgraduate in Sydney, it looks like we can share lots of experiences. πŸ™‚

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