Writing Tip: Adverbs

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Writing Tip: Adverbs

If you’re taking part in Blogging U’s Writing 101 challenge at the moment, or you’ve taken part in the past, you should be aware of how many adverbs you use when you write. One of the more recent posts asked bloggers to write a description of something or someone they had seen without using any adverbs. Many people, including myself, found it an enlightening exercise that revealed how often we rely on adverbs.

Adverbs are words that add further description to a verb, adjective or other adverb. They give further information, such as to explain how an action is performed. Most of them end in -ly, such as quickly, slowly and carelessly. Though they can provide us with extra information, they are not powerful words. You do not need to remove them from everything you write, but it’s good to be aware of how often you…

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