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Using Definite, Specific, Concrete Language

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Sierra Foxen-Davis

on 16 October 2012

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Using Definite, Specific, Concrete Language By: Marz and Sierra Why use concrete language? What is most important Specific VS. General, Definite VS. Vague, Concrete VS. Abstract Use specific terms instead of general terms, definite terms instead of vague terms and concrete terms instead of abstract terms
Example: A period of unfavorable weather set in. VS.
It rained every day for a week.
Example: He showed satisfaction as he took possession of his well-earned reward. VS.
He grinned as he accepted the trophy. Don't over use details because recording every detail is impossible and is pointless.
It is more important to use all of the important details with accuracy and vigor.
That way the reader can use their imagination to place themselves into the scene.
Never losing hold of the concrete principles.
Even when you use general terms you still need to provide certain illustrations in your work.
Example: Breaking a law could get you in a lot of trouble.
Stealing is a petty crime, but can lead to either jail time or a fine. It's the best way to gain and keep a reader's attention is by being specific, definite and concrete
Homer, Dante and Shakespeare were all great authors partly due to how their words allowed the readers to imagine everything that they were writing about
Example: It walked away from her.
The dog ignore Katy's calls and walked in the opposite direction of her, towards the street. Time to play:
What's wrong with that sentence?

1) She was so upset with him.
2) Carl was so elated to have won first prize at the school spelling bee.
3) The little kid wasn't happy.
4) Emma was wearing a long sleeved, pink blouse with a denim skirt, a charm bracelet, brown loafers with knee high socks and her hair in ringlets.
5) Even though his mother told him not to run in the house Jason didn't listen which lead to him breaking his mother's favorite vase. What wrong with this sentence part 2

6) The five year old was sad.
7) It didn't like what was happening.
8) Frankie was jumping out of his seat with excitement for his parents' birthday surprise.
9) Carrie was crying her eyes out because she just broke her leg and her ballet recital is at the end of the week.
10) The dog started growling at the group of toddlers that were pulling its tail.
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