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Using The Right Word
« on: February 03, 2019, 02:07:11 PM »
The Exact Word

Find the exact word. Do not be content with a loose or approximate expression of your thought.

Abused nouns:

One factor of these Dutch homes is cleanliness [Use characteristic].

Promptness is an item which a manager should possess [Use a quality].

Pythagoras studied mathematics, and made valuable discoveries along that line [Use in this field].

Loose adjectives or adverbs:

She looked awefully funny when I told her she had made a mistake [Use surprised].

Apple pie is fine [Use delicious].

That song is perfectly absurd [Strike out perfectly].

Undiscriminating verbs:

It was an old building fixed into a garage [Use made over].

He had not sufficiently regarded the difficulties of the task [Use considered].

Note: Choose the word which expresses the precise meaning, and if possible the precise shade of meaning.  Such words as proposition, nice, said, are often used too loosely.

Observe the possible gain in definiteness by substitution:

For proposition (noun):  transaction, undertaking, venture, recourse, suggestion, overture, proposed, convenience, difficulty, thesis, or doctrine.

For nice (adjective): precise, dainty, neat, pretty, pleasant, fragrant, delicious, well-behaved, good, fine, or moral.

For said (verb): declared, related, insisted, exclaimed, added, repeated, replied, admitted, commented, corrected, protested, explained, besought, interrupted, inquired, stammered, sighed, murmured, or thundered.