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Teacher Tips and Answers

Choosing Vivid Verbs

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Some verbs don't say much.

The chef liked winning first place.

The verb liked doesn't show how the chef reacted, or what emotions were expressed. Vivid verbs create a stronger picture.

The chef hoisted his first place ribbon high and beamed for the photographers.

Avoid using an adverb to prop up a weak verb. Instead, select a vivid verb.

quickly went  ----->  tore

spoke loudly  ----->  screamed

drank noisily  ----->  slurped

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