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Part III: Starting with the Sentence > Exercise #14—Use Adjectives Sparingly

Chapter 18. Exercise #14—Use Adjectives Sparingly

Another kind of wordiness results from too many adjectives and adverbs. Use adjectives and adverbs sparingly. Often helping words are unnecessary if the writer chooses his words carefully. In the examples below, replace each verb or noun with a more specific word and omit adjectives and adverbs.

  pursue vigorously___________ _____strive___________________
  pursue vigorously____________ ___________strive_____________
  powerful increase __________ _______________________________
  powerful increase____________ ___________surge_____________
  move swiftly ______________ _______________________________
  move swiftly________________ ___________hurry_____________
  erroneous decision __________ ______________________________
  erroneous decision____________ __________mistake____________
  moved moderately higher ______ ____________________________
  moved moderately highers_______ ___________rose____________
  decline sharply ______________ _____________________________
  decline sharply_______________ ___________plummet__________
  moved rapidly higher _________ ____________________________
  moved rapidly higher __________ ___________soared___________
  exert irresistable pressure ______ ____________________________
  exert irresistable pressure _______ ___________force____________
  preliminary investigation _______ ___________________________
  preliminary investigation ________ _________probe_____________
  halted suddenly and completely __ __________________________
  halted suddenly and completely _____ ________blocked_________




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