Grammar GuideAdverbsWhy should you avoid intensifiers like 'absolutely' and 'amazingly'?

Why should you avoid intensifiers like 'absolutely' and 'amazingly'?

Why should you avoid intensifiers like 'absolutely' and 'amazingly'?

Intensifiers like “completely”, “absolutely” and “really” add little to your reader’s understanding. Writers use them when they are trying to give strength to a dull word. Instead, replace your weak words with something strong enough that you don’t need the “really”.

Instead of saying she was “really pretty”, say she was “stunning”. Instead of saying it’s “totally hot”, say it is “stifling”.

Original: Jack just did a totally amazing skateboard trick.

Rewrite: Jack astounded us with the most intense skateboard trick we'd ever seen.