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vVivid Verbs
 by Patricia


Patricia's feature, published in 2004, is a favourite of our many Web visitors, consistently ranking in the top ten pages at

Well chosen words especially verbs will enhance your writing. Consider this sentence: The petite woman walks in the park. If you change the verb “walks” to “ambles”, you will create a more vivid image of the woman. However, if you use one of these verbs instead—strides, stumbles, limps, races, or jogs—you will see a completely different picture.

We often rely on familiar verbs, but we shouldn’t. Your writing will be stronger if you think carefully about what you want to say and choose your verbs accordingly.

Try the quizzes below to practice this skill.

Vivid Verbs Challenge Quiz

Verb Tenses Practice Quiz



(December 16, 2006)

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