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Writing tips for students and beginning writers. It's no frills because it relies on a teacher to add context verbally. Take it, bend it, shape it any way you want.

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Very

  1. 1. Seldom use very
  2. 2. Really
  3. 3. Mr. Gibbs’s pet peeve
  4. 4. Replace the following combinations of words with one defining word...
  5. 5. Very hungry
  6. 6. Really tired
  7. 7. Very curious
  8. 8. Really beautiful
  9. 9. Really gorgeous
  10. 10. Very impressed
  11. 11. Really interesting
  12. 12. Very strange
  13. 13. Really important
  14. 14. Very old
  15. 15. Really expensive
  16. 16. Very smelly
  17. 17. Really stupid
  18. 18. Very hot
  19. 19. Very cold
  20. 20. Really mean
  21. 21. Very happy
  22. 22. Really bad
  23. 23. Very silly
  24. 24. Very serious
  25. 25. Really sorry
  26. 26. Very good
  27. 27. Another way to save words and be more precise...
  28. 28. Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs.
  29. 29. There is nothing wrong with adjectives and adverbs, but
  30. 30. “ The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.” -- Will Strunk
  31. 31. Replace the following combinations of words with one defining word...
  32. 32. Large dog
  33. 33. Huge tree
  34. 34. fast car
  35. 35. Nice person
  36. 36. Tall flower
  37. 37. Huge fire
  38. 38. Long knife
  39. 39. Giant house
  40. 40. Tall building
  41. 41. Foot protection
  42. 42. Dead body
  43. 43. Heavy rain
  44. 44. Icy rain
  45. 45. Grown calf
  46. 46. Moved slowly
  47. 47. Ran quickly
  48. 48. Flew quickly
  49. 49. Asked sheepishly
  50. 50. Worked laboriously
  51. 51. Fell noisily
  52. 52. Fell slowly
  53. 53. Fell suddenly
  54. 54. Talked quietly
  55. 55. Laughed loudly
  56. 56. Another way to improve writing clarity is to...
  57. 57. Tell what it is, not what it is not.
  58. 58. Replace the following negatives by removing “not”
  59. 59. Not on time
  60. 60. Not honest
  61. 61. Not remembered
  62. 62. Not nice
  63. 63. Not a pretty sight
  64. 64. Not a good day
  65. 65. Not looking forward to it
  66. 66. Did not pay attention
  67. 67. Did not have much confidence in
  68. 68. Did not feel comfortable
  69. 69. Not unhappy
  70. 70. Not ungrateful
  71. 71. Not interesting
  72. 72. Not working
  73. 73. Not willing
  74. 74. Not a problem
  75. 75. Not a big deal
  76. 76. Not for children
  77. 77. Not outside
  78. 78. Not awake
  79. 79. Not for sale
  80. 80. Not in our lifetime
  81. 81. Not sure
  82. 82. O.K. That’s enough
  83. 83. The end

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