PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
English 10 Composition
On Being Specific
July 11, 2001
Writing improves when you become more specific. Specific writing
often appeals to our senses: hearing, tasting, seeing, touching. More
specific terms help readers understand your writing better.
Examples of being specific:
General: I lived in a small town near the United States. More
specific: I lived for five years in Morden, Manitoba, a town of 2,000
people situated about 25 miles from the United States border.
General: He stood too close to me. More specific: He stood about half
a meter away, so close I could smell his garlic breath.
General: The flowers are beautiful in the spring. More specific: The
cherry and plum blossoms are beautiful clouds of white and pink, filling
the air with their sweet scents.
General: My neighbour has a noisy stereo. More specific: My neighbour
has an eighteen inch subwoofer that makes the dishes rattle in my
Write a 125 to 150 word paragraph on springtime, being as specific as
possible. Include a sound, a sight, and a smell. If you can, also
include a taste and a touch. If you wish, write about springtime in your
Notes and Examples from this
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