No More Weak and Dead Verbs! | Skillshare Projects

Kit K.

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No More Weak and Dead Verbs!

Just as a little experiment, I picked a random paragraph from an essay I wrote a couple years ago. I first replaced the weak verbs, then the dead verbs. Here's my process.

 

Original paragraph:

However, in the 1920s, things began to change. With the conclusion of World War I, the regions of the British Empire divided into separate, self-governing countries within a Commonwealth of Nations. After World War II, the vast majority of British colonies and territories had detached from the Empire to become independent. As the people refused to acknowledge the monarchy as the sole, overarching power of their country, the monarch of Britain began to dissolve.  

 

Changing weak verbs:

However, in the 1920s, things began to change. With the end of World War I, the regions of the British Empire split into separate, self-governing countries within a Commonwealth of Nations. After World War II, the vast majority of British colonies and territories had separated from the Empire to become independent. As the people refused to acknowledge the monarchy as the sole, overarching power of their country, the monarch of Britain began to fall.  

 

Changing dead verbs:

However, in the 1920s, things changed. With the end of World War I, the regions of the British Empire split into separate, self-governing countries within a Commonwealth of Nations. After World War II, the vast majority of British colonies and territories separated from the Empire for independence. As the people refused to acknowledge the monarchy as the sole, overarching power of their country, the monarch of Britain slowly fell.  

 

This class helped me a lot, and I now find myself editing everything I write to remove things like "was," is," and so on - including this very sentence. I've heard of dead verbs before, but no one could explain it in a way that made any sense. Now, I think I get it! Excellent course! 

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