Adverbs vs. Verbs

All right, so this is just an extra tip to help you with your writing. I didn’t include it on the “Writing Tips” page; instead, I put it in a post. Here it is: Avoid adverbs. Seriously. When you write, instead of sticking in a weak verb plus an adverb, put in one strong verb.

Example: She walked quickly.

Better choice: She strode.

Another one: He spoke loudly.

Better choice: He yelled.

Adverbs clutter up the text. Strong verbs are clean, save space, and make your writing sound a lot more fluent. Use them! Here are a few strong verbs:

  • to splutter
  • to stumble
  • to shriek
  • to groan
  • to scamper
  • to dash
  • to nibble
  • to rasp
  • to gnaw

Obviously, there are tons and tons and TONS more. But you get the idea. Strong verbs are better than weak verbs plus adverbs. However, don’t forget- for a verb to be strong, it doesn’t have to be long. That rhymes. 🙂 My point is, big words don’t always impress people. In fact, more often than not, they end up making you look like an idiot. “He puked” is much better than “he regurgitated.” Don’t try using fancy language to impress people. Write naturally. Write with your own style.

35 Replies to “Adverbs vs. Verbs”

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