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<ul><li><p>5/6/12 Tameri Guide for Writers: Words to Avoid</p><p>1/3www.tameri.com/edit/words2kill.html</p><p>TheSecretLifeofPronounsJamesW.Pennebake...New$18.48</p><p>Windows7QuickReferenceGuideBeezixIncNew$3.60</p><p>ConqueringBabelClaireHandscombeNew</p><p>TheSecretLifeofPronounsJamesW.Pennebake...New</p><p>PracticalGrammarandCompositionThomasWoodNew</p><p>MLAHandbookforWritersofResearch...ModernLanguageAs...New$18.33</p><p>PrivacyInformation</p><p>blog|about|contact</p><p>SearchTameri</p><p>home &gt;editing &gt;wordusage &gt;wordstoavoid&gt;styleguide</p><p>WordsandPhrasestoAvoidWheneditingamanuscript,somewordsdeservetodienot</p><p>always,butusually.(Ifyoumissthehumoroftheprecedingsentence,youwontafterreadingthisdocument.Thesentencecontainsabasicgrammarerror,astyleslip,andseveralvaguewords.)</p><p>Thewordslistedinthetablebelowappearinorderofpopularity.Wordsandphrasesabusedwiththegreatestfrequencytopthelist.Formoreonwordstoavoid,readourguidetowordusageandabusage.</p><p>anyinfinitive(towalk)aboutallalmostalwaysanxiouslybelieveeagerlyevery</p><p>feelfinallyfrequentlygotjustmerelynearlyneednever</p><p>notoftenonlysothatthepublicthenvery</p><p>VerbsAvoidanyuncertainwordsorphrases.Thetwothatappear</p><p>frequentlyinacademicpapersareIfeelandIbelieve.believeChangesentencesthatstartwithIbelievetostatementsofcertainty,especiallyinacademicorbusinesswriting.Youdonotwantreaderstoquestionyourviewpointordoubtyourconclusions.</p><p>havegotYouhavesomething,withoutthegot.feelYoudonotfeelanopinion.Feelshouldbereservedforphysicalcondictionsandactions.</p><p>AdverbsWhenusedasmodifiersofverbs,adverbsareambiguous.Ifhe</p><p>quicklyran,thenjusthowfastdidherun?Adverbsdonotanswertowhatdegreeorextent,despitewhatgrammariansmightsay.</p><p>Adverbsoftimeareoverused.Writerslittermanuscriptswithwordssuchasfinallyandthenbecausepeopledosoinspeech.Notandotheradverbsofmannerareeasyforwriterswhileitrequireslittleefforttousethesewords,betterwordsorphrasescanbefoundinmostcases.veryWhileveryisintendedtomagnifyaverb,adverb,ornoun,itlacksprecision.Veryisseldomessential.(Now,whatswrongwithseldomintheprecedingsentence?)</p><p>notNotisanadverbmeaninginnomannerortonodegree.Wediscouragewritersfromusingnotandnegativewordsformedusingtheprefixesirandunwhenpossible.</p><p>SiteContents</p><p>writing</p><p>editing</p><p>formatting</p><p>design</p><p>marketing</p><p>forteachers</p><p>sources</p><p>sitemap</p><p>Tameri</p><p>theblog</p><p>workshop</p><p>aboutus</p><p>services</p><p>ourrates</p><p>GorgeousUkrainianLadiesPutZestBackinYourLife.MeetaCharmingUkrainianLady.Hookup!AnastasiaDate.com</p><p>DateSexyMexicanWomenMexicanDatingandSinglesSite.FindthePerfectMexicanWomanNow!www.MexicanCupid.c</p><p>SpeakEnglishFastGetGoodatSpeakingEnglish.TakeOurFreeEmailCourse.7Days.www.deepenglish.co</p><p>UkraineGirlsforYouUkrainiangirlsphotosandemails.1000'sonlinedailytryitfree!www.ElenasModels.c</p><p>Recommend</p><p>Send</p><p>8</p></li><li><p>5/6/12 Tameri Guide for Writers: Words to Avoid</p><p>2/3www.tameri.com/edit/words2kill.html</p><p>ScottandSusanarebothonTwitter.Followusforthelatestupdates.</p><p>never/alwaysAbsoluteseitherlockawriterintoapositionorgivetheappearanceofconceit.Usethesewordswhentheabsoluteisacommandorinstruction.</p><p>Alwaysmakesurethenuclearreactorchamberissealedproperly.</p><p>often/frequentlyIndividualshaveuniqueopinionsofwhatconstitutesfrequentlyoroften.Suchmeasuresoftimearemattersofperspective.</p><p>almost/nearlyApproximationsshouldbeusedsparingly.Usealmostornearlywhenaprecisemeasurementisunrealisticinfictionorimpossible.</p><p>anxiously/eagerlyAnxiouslyimplieswithanxietyandeagerlyimplieswithanticipation.Bothareweakadverbsthatcanbereplacedbybetterdescribingasituation.</p><p>Shewaitedanxiously.Shesatwaiting,bitingherlipandlookingaroundtheroom.</p><p>only/merelyCondescendingwhenusedtodescribeanoun.</p><p>WeakLinksfinallyWhendescribingaseriesofevents,thewordfinallyindicateslazinessonthepartofthewriter.Finallyimpliesanexhaustionordistastefortheseries.</p><p>then/nextWhenrecountingevents,thenandnextareweaktransitions.Tryeliminatingthenwithspecificreferencestotime,location,orlistcharacteristics.</p><p>AswedrovedownMainStreet,wefirstsawSmallvilleHardware.Then,acrossthestreetwasMasKettle,apopularrestaurant.Next,wesawabar,thepostoffice,andabarbershop.FinallywereachedCityHall.</p><p>AswedrovedownMainStreet,wefirstsawSmallvilleHardware.AcrossthestreetwasMa'sKettle,apopularrestaurant.Passingthenextblock,wesawabar,thepostoffice,andabarbershop.CityHallgreetedusattheendofthestreet.</p><p>AdjectivesWritersmustrememberthatadjectivesarerelativetoareaders</p><p>experiences.Describingacharacterastallwithoutspecifyingaheightallowseveryreadertoimagineadifferentmeasurement.Somewritersprefertoallowaudiencesalotoffreedom,butdoingsocanbedangerous.amazing/wonderful/etcAvoidoverstatinghowspecialaperson,thing,oreventis.Romancenovels,inparticular,overusethesewords.</p><p>big/small,short/tallRemembereachreaderhasaunique</p></li><li><p>5/6/12 Tameri Guide for Writers: Words to Avoid</p><p>3/3www.tameri.com/edit/words2kill.html</p><p>perspectivefromwhichheorsheviewsotherpeople.Giveprecisedescriptionsofcharacterswhenpossible.</p><p>all/everyAllandeveryimplyabsolutequantities.perfectNothingrealisperfect.However,onemakesexceptionsforperfectscores,perfectangles,andtheperfecttenseofverbs.</p><p>NounsthepublicThepublicseldomthinksoractsasasingleunit.Whenapoliticianclaimsthepublicwantssomething,questionwhatthepoliticianisclaiming.</p><p>needTherearefewneeds,butwantsanddesiresareplentiful.Youneedfood,thoughyoumightwantchocolate.</p><p>Prepositionsabout(adv)Usethephrasewentaroundorasimilarphrasethatmoreclearlyindicatesasenseofdirection.(prep)Whenusedcolloquiallyinthephraseshowabout,whatabout,andnotaboutto,killthephraseandrewritethesentence.</p><p>Whataboutgoingtothepartylater?Shouldwegotothepartylater?</p><p>FiftyShadesofGreyELJamesNew</p><p>FiftyShadesDarkerELJamesNew</p><p>WordUsageStylebookGrammarWordstoAvoidWritingTermsWritingEditingFormatting</p><p>Copyright2011C.S.Wyatt&amp;SusanD.Schnelbach</p><p>Writer:C.S.WyattUpdated:17Feb2012Editor:S.D.Schnelbach</p></li></ul>