Don't use it – it's usually redundant. Just think of a better word. Not “very big”, but huge, vast, etc. Not "very small" but tiny, minute, etc.

The exceptions are when "very" is used to mean "actual; precise" as in those were his very words, or to mean "without addition; mere" as in the very thought made her shudder. Those uses are fine.

See forbidden words.

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