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Synonyms and Sentences: A Few Ways to Spruce up Your Writing

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

 

Sometimes, our writing needs a little boost or something extra to make it go from sounding “good” to sounding “great”. For some of us, this may mean using more interesting adjectives or verbs, and for others, it might mean varying sentence structure. Whatever your issue might be, here are a few tips to give your writing a unique “wow” factor.

Varying Your Verbs

One quick and easy way to help make your writing sound better is to use unique verbs. Instead of saying “Bob said this,” you might say, “Bob yelled this,” “Bob whispered this,” “Bob croaked this,” etc. One wonderful thing about the English language is that there are often many interesting words that can be used to convey a single message. So, use this to your advantage, and try to think of unique verbs to replace common or popular ones. Here are a few more:

To replace the verb “walk”, you might use these other words: slither, limp, march, canter, meander, wander, trudge, etc.

To replace the word “talk”, you can use: babble, chant, converse, drone, utter, gossip, drawl, etc.

To replace the verb “win”, you can use: succeed, achieve, conquer, prevail, overcome, take the prize, finish in front, come in first, etc.

As you can see, there are so many more interesting words which you can use to replace dull, common ones.

Varying your adjectives

Similarly, there are many common adjectives that we all use that you could replace with unique and more complex ones. Here are a few examples:

To replace the word “pretty”, you can say: beautiful, charming, lovely, pleasant, darling, nice, etc.

To replace the word “nice”, you can say: likable, agreeable, kind, inviting, admirable, charming, courteous, delightful, etc.

To replace the word “good”, you can say: pleasant, excellent, first-rate, great, pleasing, nice, splendid, superb, wonderful, worthy, etc.

Varying your sentence structure

Read this short paragraph and think about it for a little while:

Mary woke up. Mary put on her shoes. Mary went to the store. Mary bought milk. Mary went back home. Mary heated the milk. Mary made hot chocolate. Mary drank the hot chocolate.

As you can see, having the same sentence structure, with every sentence starting with Mary, gets really boring after a while. Although this short paragraph is grammatically correct, there are a number of ways to make this paragraph more interesting by varying sentence structure and using more interesting verbs and adjectives.

Here is a revised version of the paragraph above:

The loud beeping of her alarm clock jolted Mary out of her dreams with a start, and she lazily hit the snooze button to get a few more minutes of rest. However, before, she’d fallen back to sleep, she realized that she needed to buy some milk at the grocery store. Slipping on her shoes, Mary went outside and marched briskly to the grocery store, where she grabbed the first milk she saw and headed back home.

As you can see, I’ve varied the sentence structure by not starting with “Mary” for every sentence and making sentences longer and more complex by using more interesting phrasing through commas. I’ve also added more interesting verbs and adjectives to give the reader a clearer picture of what’s happening to Mary that morning.

If you have access to the internet while you’re writing, consider using an online Thesaurus which can help you find interesting synonyms of commonly used words, like www.thesaurus.com. A good old, paperback or hardcover printed thesaurus which you may have in your home will work equally well.

I hope that you’ve found these tips useful, and happy writing!