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Vary or very - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z

Vary or very - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z

Various vocabulary violations may leave us vexed. Vary and very fill that vacancy quite well, particularly when folks vacillate between the two.

Here’s the skinny on vary and very.

Vary is a verb, meaning to differ, modify, change, or offer an assortment. Variety and various are related to vary. Very is an adjective, pointing to a higher degree than words like any or some.

Try out this example of the right uses of vary and very.

Editors like it very much when writers vary their words, offering a valuable variety of descriptive terms. Still, words like vary are very often misused.

Voila! That’s vary and very.

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1 comment:

  1. These are interesting (wish I would have found you earlier ;) )! Vary/very isn't one of my problems, but I have enough other ones to make up for that :)


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