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Word Choice

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  • Q1
    One tool a writer uses to create an effective voice. It reveals a writer's attitude toward the subject and the audience. It makes expository writing more precise, persuasive writing more convincing, and narrative writing more intersting.
    Word Choice
  • Q2
    The meaning or meanings of word(s) given in a dictionary.
  • Q3
    Emotions and associations the word may suggest.
  • Q4
    A tired expression that is weak, boring, overused. For example, "stubborn as a mule" or "fresh as a daisy" or "crystal clear." This suggests a lack of imagination on the writer's part.
  • Q5
    Colloquial expressions that cannot be understood literally. They make no sense when translated word for word into another language. For example, "Josie fell head over heels for Sean." "Harold went out on a limb and promised to clean up his act."
  • Q6
    The specialized vocabulary of a particular profession, occupation, hobby, or field of study. For example, in film, "cut" is the order given to stop filming.
  • Q7
    Words and phrases that have strong connotations, either positive or negative. Because it appeals to the emotions, writers often use it in persuasive language. For example, "Only a callous individual can ignore the shameful crisis in front of us." "Have you had enough of the wildfire of greed in government?" "Vote for the candidate who will look out for ethical, hardworking citizens like you."
    Loaded Language
  • Q8
    An event, place, person, or situation springs to life in the reader's mind through the innovative use of the right word at the right moment. This gives the reader a strong sense of being there, living it. It reinvents reality in the reader's mind with an intensity that rivals memory.
    Striking Language
  • Q9
    When working with word choice, focus on what you are describing. Think about your associations with the person, place, or object--the pictures in your mind.
    Start with Connection
  • Q10
    When choosing words, focus on choosing words that vividly paint the picture--Use your imagination and creativity to find words that paint the picture you are seeing.
    Make a Mental Picture in Your Head
  • Q11
    When writing and selecting words, pay attention to the little things.
    Focus on Details
  • Q12
    When writing, choose the most intersting details, point of view, argument. Be original with word choice.
    Look for The Unusual
  • Q13
    When writing, use lively verbs, precise nouns, and accurate modifiers.
    Exact Language
  • Q14
    The most powerful words in writing.
  • Q15
    In most English sentences with an action verb, the subject performs the action denoted by the verb. For example, "While running, Frankie passed Johnny."
    Active Voice

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