Be": Avoiding "Is"
Is is an excellent word, but, in writing, "is"
can significantly weaken your prose. In particular, avoid
constructions like, "It is . . ." and "There is . . ." and,
especially, my least favourite: "It is because. . ."
Seek, instead, to find a stronger construction,
using a specific verb in the place of "is."
Visit the following resources for longer
discussions on the verb "to be" in your writing, including
practical suggestions for improvement.
Online Technical Writing: Weak Be-Verbs
Grammar Discussion of Verb "To Be"
(scroll down to "Unnecessary Uses of "To Be")
Rooting Out a Weak Element from Stories
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