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Exercises

Exercises

  1. Eliminate unnecessary nominalizations from the following sentences:

    1. One worker does the assembly; the other checks the proper procedure step-by-step in the Poulex final Assembly Safety Manual.

    2. The use of nuclear energy for electricity production is inevitably connected with the production of large amounts of radioactive material that must and can be controlled.

    3. One of the objectives of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) is to “seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health, and prosperity throughout the world.”

    4. We don't have anything to do here with the actual fabrication of weapons.

  2. Go back through a paper you have written either for this class or for another and then underline all the nominalizations. Decide whether a revision will alter the meaning. In most cases, you will want to change the nominalizations so that verbs do the work more concisely.

  3. Identify and evaluate nominalizations in someone else's writing. You may choose a published or an unpublished piece or one in draft form. Be clear about how your changes would improve the piece of writing. (Peer reviews of classmates' writing are good opportunities for doing this work.)


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