Here are some words to avoid: DO NOT USE THEM IN SIMPLE SENTENCES AS THE MAIN VERB
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DESCRIPTIONJoe Bloggs is an average student. He thinks that the following are great sentences, because they use words from the prompt. PROMPT: Convince your parents you need a raise in your allowance. Joes sentence: There are several reasons I need more allowance. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Joe Bloggs is an average student. He thinks that the following are great sentences, because they use words from the prompt.
Convince your parents you need a raise in your allowance.
Joes sentence:There are several reasons I need more allowance.
Convince your parents to listen to your music.
Joes sentence: Mom, there are many reasons you should listen to my music.
The dropout rate is currently 16. Should it be lowered? Support your answer.
Joes sentence: The dropout age is too low for several reasons.
These sentences are satisfactory, but boring. They use dead words that you should not use in your writing.
Here are some words to avoid:
DO NOT USE THEM IN SIMPLE SENTENCES AS THE MAIN VERB.
feelslooksseemsbecomesactsseemsdo/doesis was were are am have
Dont say: The light was bright.
SAY: The searing light of the sun stabbed my eyes.
The verb stabbed is an action, and it conveys information better than was plus an adjective.
Additionally, the new sentence gives you a sense of setting and purpose.
Look at the following sentence and read the revision.
1.The boy was lonely.
Standing at the grave, tears streaming down his sunken cheeks and staining his starched white shirt and tie, the boy remembered what it was like to have someone love him; he knew the sun would never shine again, now that the drunk driver had stolen his mother.
This is a better sentence because it uses dependent clauses
(Standing at the grave, tears streaming down his sunken cheeks,)
to set the mood.
The verbs are actions, not helping verbs:(remembered, stolen,)
The reader is given much more information about the why of the loneliness, through the images of the tear-stained tie and the gravesite, along with the universal tragedy of the drunk driver.
Look at these revisions for the prompts that Joe Bloggs messed up on:
Getting paid for doing your job is good, right? I asked my parents one night after cleaning the toilets in our 2 and bathrooms.
Getting allowance teaches you about responsibility and finance.
Music is a soothing way to make your body shake and mambo, I told my mother and father.
Our generation expresses itself through music.
The dropout age is now 16. In the year 2050, if this continues, think how bad a world this will create.
Why start a job so early when you have a long life waiting ahead?
In these examples, the students begin with questions, change boring dead verbs for living ones, and generally get off to a good start.
Read the next few sentences, then revised them, replacing the dead verbs with living ones, creating images that stick with the reader.
1. The field trip was fun.
2. The little girl was sad.
3. The girl in the red dress was happy.
4. My teacher is slightly crazy and lots of fun.
5. My mom is mad at me.
6. My friend is mean to his sister.
7. These sentences are stupid.
8. The calico cat was a nice cat.
9. The little dog with the floppy ears was cute.
10. When I go to my grandparents' house, I am happy.
11. School is sometimes boring.
12. My room is a mess.
13. She is my best friend, and we have fun together.
14. The sky is blue with lots of fluffy clouds.
15. There are nasty brown roaches in my backpack.
16. The classroom was noisy
17. The birthday party was awesome.
18. The skunk is smelly.
19. I am mad today.