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Using Concrete Words: Paragraph Assignment
March 18, 1999

Writing improves when you become more concrete and specific. Concrete terms are appealing to our five senses. More specific terms help readers understand the writing better.

Examples of concrete and specific words:

    Instead of "city" use the more specific, "New Delhi."
    Instead of "close" say the more specific, "two meters."
    Instead of "colourful" say the more concrete, "yellow with pink dots."
    Instead of "noisy" say the more concrete, "roar of a lawn mower."

Paragraph Assignment

Describe your favourite outdoor location. It can be any place such as, a beach, a park, or a mountain. Be as specific and concrete as you can in this paragraph. Write a topic sentence, indent five spaces, and please double space your writing.

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