Thursday, July 21, 2016
45 Ways to Avoid Saying "Very" in Your College Application Essay or Personal Statement (Robin Williams Helps)
What's wrong with the word "very"?
Such an emphatic little word.
It makes what comes next much more than it is on its own. Right? No. Not really.
This is a short blog post. Or: This is a very short blog post?
I walk fast to the bank. I walk very fast to the bank? What's so wrong with that?
I run to the bank. I sprint to the bank. I gallop to the bank. I race to the bank.
Which is more vivid, more descriptive, more memorable? Which suggests that there might be a serious reason for why you're sprinting to the bank?
Once you click on this website and read the full list, you'll know more. And Robin Williams - in the Dead Poets Society - is there to help. Funny. Very funny. Sometimes it's OK to say very. But rarely. You might even say, very rarely, but it would be wrong. (And sorry about the ads and junk on the link; it's hard to get a clear list of the words in readable form, which is why I don't have one on this page.)
Which is better: Please visit my new website. Or: Please visit my very new website? You decide. Click here for more information about college application essays. Or send me an email: Liz@DontSweatTheEssay.com ~~ And thanks. Thanks very much.