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Word choice

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Getting better at Word Choice

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Word choice

  1. 1. Read out loudGetting Better at Word Choice Attack verbs first Cut back uselessness Careful Thesaurus Balance Kill cliches Choosing Words
  2. 2. Getting Better at Word Choice Attack verbs first Cut back uselessness Careful Thesaurus Balance Kill cliches
  3. 3. Seek out and destroy to be verbs. Pilar is a great artist. Pilar paints with skill and sensitivity.
  4. 4. Seek out and destroy to be verbs. am is are was were being been be
  5. 5. Seek out and destroy to be verbs. The playground was like a trash dump. The children were playing foursquare.
  6. 6. What would be a better verb choice? Bill ate his tasty lunch.
  7. 7. What would be a better verb choice? The thief took a new watch, and then ran away.
  8. 8. What would be a better verb choice? The cat went to the living room and slept in the sun.
  9. 9. What should go? He dropped out of school on account of the fact that it was necessary for him to help support his family.
  10. 10. What should go? He was really late to his English class due to the fact that he had to finish his math test.
  11. 11. What should go? During the time when I lived in South Carolina, it was my intention to go to college in Florida.
  12. 12. How do you kill this cliche? My English teacher is as old as the hills.
  13. 13. How do you kill this cliche? James Bond defused the bomb in the nick of time.
  14. 14. How do you kill this cliche? After recovering from my cold, I was as weak as a kitten.
  15. 15. Use a thesaurus to improve this. The clown walked behind the kid who did not notice him. powerthesaurus.com
  16. 16. Use a thesaurus to improve this. Aden walked up the mountain until he was tired.
  17. 17. Use a thesaurus to improve this. The pigeon attacked the spilled garbage.
  18. 18. Too Much? His skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday’s hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface. He lay perfectly still in the grass, his shirt open over his sculpted, incandescent chest, his scintillating arms bare. His glistening, pale lavender lids were shut, though of course he didn’t sleep. A perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble, glittering like crystal. —Stephanie Meyer Twilight
  19. 19. Too Much? The young, precocious child of elementary school age was commanded by his endearing and loving mother to put on a change of clothes.
  20. 20. Look for Balance The young, precocious child of elementary school age was commanded by his endearing and loving mother to put on a change of clothes.
  21. 21. Look for Balance The young child was commanded by his loving mother to put on a change of clothes.
  22. 22. Look for Balance The loving mother commanded the young child to put on a change of clothes.
  23. 23. Too Much? He lumbered up the crooked and creaking stairs to his massive wardrobe that could rival Narnia’s.
  24. 24. Look for Balance He lumbered up the crooked and creaking stairs to his massive wardrobe that could rival Narnia’s.
  25. 25. “You can use the power of words to bury meaning or to excavate it.”  ― Rebecca Solnit,  Men Explain Things to Me

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