Verbs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, part 1

MM's Fundamentals of English

I share with you in three parts a chat I gave on Savvy Authors on May 22, 2013 titled Verbs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

(Part 1)

The good: strong verbs that don’t need adverbs to prop them up in your sentences. The bad: weak verbs that aren’t worth the space they take up in your writing. The ugly: verb tense errors, subject-verb conflicts, and passive voice that bounce your reader right out of your story and back to 8th grade English – now that’s ugly!

First strong verbs: What is a strong verb? A verb that pulls its own weight in a sentence, a verb that packs a punch, a verb that makes a statement or sets a tone on its own terms.

Sorry about the clichés, but I think they describe strong verbs perfectly.

A strong verb pulls its own weight in a sentence. Strong verbs communicate…

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