New Year — New Feature! Tip of the Month — Modifiers

Quick Tip. KeyboardWelcome back to the Flubs2Fixes blog! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the coming year!

As I continue to develop this blog, I’m instituting a new feature for the second Friday of the month. (Yes, I know this is the third Friday of this month, but we won’t count New Year’s Day!)

“Tip of the Month” will be a very brief post with an editing tip and a suggestion of a resource that I think you’ll find helpful. Without further ado, here’s the first Tip of the Month post:

Fix a Flub with this Editing Tip: Modifiers such as very or really are like sticks used to prop up a tumble-down shack. Build your shack solidly and you won’t feel the need to prop it up with a weak stick.

If you think it’s necessary to prop up a verb with very or really (or a similar word), look for a stronger verb. For example: It’s really cold outside vs It’s freezing out there!

Check out this Resource for Writers! Cheryl Reif Writes is a blog/site that seeks to, in the words of its creator, “help writers become more productive, more creative, and more skilled at their craft.” Find it here.

See you next week for the Grammar Owl’s take on a grammar/word use question! If you have a question you’d like the Owl to tackle, you can leave it in the comments, or send a message using the Grammar Owl’s contact form, here.

Beth in script for blog

1 Comment

  1. Oh yes! Those propping-stick words get old and show laziness. Find that better, more colorful word. Great tip!

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