Taaltip Engels: alternatieven voor het woord ‘very’

Very. Een van de meest gebruikte Engelse woorden om uit te drukken dat iets bijvoorbeeld heel leuk of fijn was, of om bijvoorbeeld te zeggen hoe blij of verdrietig je je voelt. Het woord very is een beetje een luie vertaling van ‘heel’. Té veelgebruikt én te makkelijk misschien, want het maakt je tekst behoorlijk saai en stroef. Terwijl er toch een hoop alternatieven voor te vinden zijn. Eerst even een voorbeeld:

Last Monday we made a very quick visit to the very beautiful city of Utrecht. Usually,  the streets in this city are very crowded, but this time the shops and streets were very quiet. After a very long walk we were very hungry, so we bought a very tasty sandwich at a very small Greek restaurant next to the very high Dom.  Utrecht was very sunny and because of the very beautiful and very bright autumn colours the city looked very good.

Utrecht afgelopen maandag

De stad was mooi, die tekst was een beetje saai. Niet echt uitnodigend om te lezen ook. Maar als ik very verander door andere woorden, leest het ineens een stuk lekkerder en professioneler:

Last Monday we made a brief visit to the gorgeous city of Utrecht. Usually, the streets in this city are bustling, but this time the shops and streets were silent. After an extensive walk we were starving, so we bought a delicious sandwich at a tiny Greek restaurant next to the towering Dom. Utrecht was radiant and because of the stunning and bright autumn colours the city looked fantastic!

Beter, nietwaar? Wil jij ook wat afwisseling in je tekst brengen en andere woorden gebruiken dan de hele tijd  ‘very’? Dan heb ik hieronder een handig lijstje voor je. En zit je echt met je handen in het haar en krijg je je tekst maar niet zoals je wilt? Ik neem de tekst graag voor je onder de loep voor een grondige tekstcorrectie of ik neem met plezier de vertaling ervan op me.

very crowded = bustling
very cute = adorable
very dangerous = threatening
very dear = cherished
very rich = wealthy
very risky = perilous
very deep = profound
very beautiful = exquisite
very bright = luminous
very accurate = exact
very afraid = terrified
very angry = furious
very bad = atrocious
very busy = overloaded
very calm = serene
very careful = cautious
very charmed = mesmerized
very cheap = stingy
very clean = spotless
very clever = brilliant
very cold = freezing
very colourful = vibrant
very confused = perplexed
very detailed = meticulous
very big = immense
very boring = dull
very brave = courageous
very dull = tedious
very eager = keen
very easy = smooth
very empty = desolate
very evil = wicked
very excited = thrilled
very willing = eager
very windy = blustery
very fast = quick
very fortunate = blessed
very friendly = affectionate
very funny = hilarious
very difficult = challenging
very dry = parched
very glad = overjoyed
very good = excellent
very happy = ecstatic
very hard = difficult
very hard-to-find = rare
very exciting = exhilarating
very expensive = costly
very interesting = fascinating
very little = tiny
very long = extensive
very hungry = starving
very important = crucial
very loud = deafening
very smooth = sleek
very scared = petrified
very loved = adored
very mean = cruel
very neat = immaculate
very necessary = essential
very nervous = apprehensive
very nice = kind
very noisy = deafening
very painful = excruciating
very often = frequently
very old = ancient
very open = transparent
very quick = rapid
very quiet = silent
very short = brief
very stupid = idiotic
very talented = gifted
very tall = towering
very tasty = delicious
very warm = hot
very wet = soaked
very tired = exhausted
very ugly = hideous
very special = exceptional
very unhappy = miserable
very upset = distraught
very worried = distressed