Why we don’t encourage using “Very”

In spoken English, we often use the word very. It’s all over YouTube.

“This software/application is very very cool”, “The Rise of the Skywalker is very disappointing”.

It’s an intensifier, emphasizing that something is really good or bad. ทำให้เกินจริง

We also hear people on the radio say “…like a tiny little box in your trunk” It might sound redundant, but it adds intensity to the statement that the box is extremely small.

Most of our Thai students use มาก, มากมาก, มากฯ or sometimes มากฯฯฯฯฯฯฯฯฯ for emphasis. คุณสวยมาก ๆ, อ้วนมาก, ฉลาดมาก

Westerners use the word “Pretty” instead. “That’s pretty cool”, “It’s pretty good”.

“Very” does not add glamour to your essay, but in another context, it can also mean exact. “On this very day, I bought my first guitar.”, “It’s the very poem I was pertaining to.”

Here are the alternatives for frequently used words by teens on social media. They will come in handy when you’re writing an essay or a letter to your boss or colleague.

  • Very funny
  • Very small
  • Very fat
  • Very ugly
  • Very smart
  • Very mean
  • Very nice
  • Very rich
  • Very old
  • Very weak
  • Very stupid
  • Very warm
  • Very exciting
  • Very slow
  • Very bad
  • Very clear
  • Very sorry
  • Very busy
  • Very careful
  • Very sad
  • Very scared
  • Very tired
  • Very delicious
  • Very deep
  • Very evil
  • Hilarious
  • Tiny/petite
  • Obese
  • Hideous
  • Intelligent
  • Cruel
  • Kind
  • Wealthy
  • Ancient
  • Frail
  • Idiotic
  • Hot
  • Exhilarating
  • Sluggish
  • Awful
  • Obvious
  • Apologetic/Contrite
  • Swamped/Hectic
  • Cautious
  • Sorrowful
  • Petrified
  • Exhausted
  • Tasty
  • Profound
  • Wicked*

*Wicked is now used to describe something or someone as cool. “Your dress looks wicked, I like it.”

Thoughts or word suggestions? Feel free to write in the comments.

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