Word Choice: Using Strong Verbs

This passage is excerpted from Daily Trait Warm-Ups by Ruth Culham.

Revise this example:

The tornado was very close to my house. It was windy and loud. It made me nervous. I was scared.

Select verbs that will strengthen your writing.

Think About:

  • Have I used action words?
  • Did I stretch to get a better word—scurry rather than run?
  • Do my verbs give my writing punch and pizzazz?
  • Did I avoid is, am, are, was, were, be, being, and been whenever I could?


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