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Chapter 14. Avoid Wimp-Speak > Empower Your Verbs

Empower Your Verbs

In each of these examples, the real action verbs have been disguised as nouns. Circle the weak nouns in each sentence and then rewrite the sentence using a power verb.

1: The Board of Directors made a decision to cancel the project.

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A: The Board of Directors decided…
2: We gave careful consideration to this proposal.

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A: We carefully considered…
3: He made reference to recent data from the XYZ Corp.

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A: He referred…
4: The sysop made a recommendation that we purchase the software.

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A: The sysop recommended…
5: The chemist performed an analysis of the new specimens.

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A: The chemist analyzed…
6: Jones was not successful in making contact with the XYZ sales reps.

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A: Jones couldn’t contact…
7: The accountant performed an audit on the accounts.

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A: The accountant audited…
8: He gave no indication which format he had a preference for.

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A: He didn’t indicate which format he preferred.
9: Not meeting the deadline will put the program in jeopardy.

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A: Not meeting the deadline will jeopardize the program.
10: The technical vocabulary of the report causes readers confusion.

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A: The technical vocabulary of the report confuses readers.
11: The contractor was not in compliance with the building code.

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A: The contractor did not comply…
12: I’ll make every effort to finish the research by Friday.

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A: I’ll finish the research by Friday.
13: We are planning on going to the marketing conference in May.

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A: We are going to the marketing conference in May.
14: The CEO made a speech at the convention.

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A: The CEO spoke at the convention.
15: I hope this meets with your approval.

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A: I hope you approve.




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