Killing the Verb "To Be"
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Hi. My name is Paul Dosh and I’m a Political Science professor at Macalester College. When my students are writing their papers, they’re using the verb “to be” as if it were the only verb available to them. Am, is, was, were. Are you guilty of this too? Instead, when your paper is done, see if there are places where more vivid verbs would be better. Lets try it with this 60 second lecture. Hi. Paul Dosh here and I teach Political Science at Macalester College. When my students write their papers, they rely on unoriginal verbs as if the dictionary lacked any alternatives. Constitute, comprise, represent, characterize. Many lively options remain at your disposal. So when you finish your paper, search for places where more vivid verbs will enhance your work.