Three tips to strengthen your sentences.
edited: Thursday, May 03, 2007
By Charlene Tess
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Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2007
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Here are three tips to strengthen your sentences and make your writing stronger.
Here are three tips to strengthen your declarative sentences:
1. Your writing will be more effective if you use strong verbs and nouns instead of trying to prop up weak ones with adjectives and adverbs.
Weak: The doctor intentionally spoke untruthfully about the diagnosis.
Strong: The doctor lied about the diagnosis.
Weak: The advertising agency maliciously took advantage of persons with limited income and limited intelligence.
Strong: The advertising agency deceived the poor and the ignorant.
2. Carefully choose strong adjectives and adverbs, and avoid adding intensifiers.
violent (Not: rather violent)
starved (Not: somewhat starved)
histronic (Not: slightly histronic)
3. In contrast, do not try to prop up weak adjectives and adverbs with a string of intensifiers.
She was infuriated. (Not: she was very, very, very mad.)
The pain was excruciating. (Not: The pain was really, really bad.)
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