Monday, November 4, 2013

3 Tips to Strengthen Your Sentences

Tess' Tips Strengthen Your Sentences

Here are three tips to strengthen your sentences and make your writing stronger.
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 dentist intentionally spoke untruthfully about the diagnosis.

Strong: The dentist lied about the diagnosis.

Weak: The insurance agency maliciously took advantage of persons with limited income and limited knowledge.

Strong: The insurance agency deceived the poor and the ignorant.

2.  If you use adjectives and adverbs choose strong ones and avoid adding intensifiers.

violent  -- not-- rather violent

starved  -- not-- somewhat starved

histrionic  -- not-- slightly histrionic

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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