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Strong Verb Use
Transcript of Strong Verb Use
Johnny collapsed into the bed. It's the difference between The dog ate the bone quickly.
The dog quickly scarfed the bone. Hetty walked to the park.
Deon doesn't like Julie.
The crime scene was gross.
The sound was very loud.
I dislike that young man.
The cut looks and feels bad.
The monster walks toward me,
mad and wanting blood. It's the difference between a "B" and an "A"... It will help you, connect with your audience... More Practice I was sad when my grandpa died.
I was happy to be riding the roller coaster.
He embarrassed me by pulling off my wig.
The U.S. Ambassador murder is bad and sad.
I watched my prey as it ate its meal.
The scary movie left me afraid to fall asleep.
I jumped in front of the bullet to save her life.
I jumped from the cliff, and fell seventy feet.
I was tired and in pain after the race.
I ran into a parked car while leaving the store. (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Eliminating "To Be" Verbs To-Be Strong He is afraid
of bugs. He fears bugs. Compare (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr The alligator, angry at being disturbed, lurched forward and swallowed the boy's cat. Alligators are mean. 1 2 3 4 The inefficient time manager is unfulfilled. He heads to bed, despite having finished his to do list. The inefficient time manager
heads to bed, unfulfilled, having
checked everything off on his
unprioritized to do list. am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been Omit the sentnece. 4 Ways to Correct Do not omit a sentence, if it effects the meaning or structure of the passage, or if it takes away from the flow in any way. Eliminating Adverbs Adverbs describe a verb, adjective, or other adverb
They usually end in -ly, but not always.
Lots of adverbs=lazy writing
Eliminate adverbs when it does not change the meaning of a sentence Adverb Practice
He appears awfully tired.
He hungrily ate his burger.
I'm not suggesting you automatically eliminate all adverbs from your writing. However, each adverb should be viewed suspiciously. Finally, If the adverb can be easily eliminated without dramatically changing the meaning of the passage then it should be immediately removed and carefully scrutinized when revising.