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Improve Writing Skills with Connotation: Verbs and Adjectives

Updated on August 30, 2013

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This is the second entry in my online writing classes. The first covered the basic essay format. This entry in my online writing courses will discuss how to improve writing skills by using colorful verbs and adjectives, which is part of style or voice.

Style is an important part of writing skills. It gives your paper interest, and it makes your unique voice evident. Style is often difficult to teach. It seems that some people “have it,” while others don’t. For example, I feel pretty sure that the great writers like Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Tennyson never had to take online writing courses on style. Even if you don’t have a natural gift for word choice, however, there are several ways to improve your writing skills, and I hope you'll find my online writing classes helpful.

Connotation


Many words we use have connotation. Connotation is an idea that’s suggested by a word, beyond its literal meaning. Connotations often include emotions and judgments. For example, the words determined and stubborn have much the same literal meaning, but determined is usually a positive character trait, while stubborn is usually negative.

Verbs

You can improve writing skills by paying more attention to the verbs you use. We all know what verbs are, right? Verbs are words that show action:

The horse ran across the field.

The dog sniffed the empty can.

My mother cooked dinner.

The words in italics are all verbs. Every sentence must contain a verb, and the verb you choose to use can add more meaning to your sentence without actually changing the basic meaning of the sentence:

The girl rose quickly from her chair.

The girl leapt from her chair.

These two sentences have the same meaning, but the second one is more interesting. Leapt helps your reader create a stronger mental image because it carries connotation.

Another example:

The old man walked down the road.

The old man trudged down the road.

The second sentence has far more connotation than the first. With trudged, the reader gets the sense that walking was difficult for the old man. See? Just by changing the verb, you’ve added meaning to the sentence and have made it more colorful and interesting.

Adjectives

You can also improve writing skills by using adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe nouns:

The shaggy dog needed a bath.

The red truck was for sale.

The words in italics are adjectives. Adjectives add description to sentences, but they aren’t grammatically necessary. In other words, a sentence doesn’t have to contain an adjective.

Like verbs, adjectives can have connotation that can make your sentences more interesting, thereby improving your writing skills by adding to your style or voice.

Look at these two sentences:

The crippled man walked down the road.

The crooked man walked down the road.

Crooked implies that the man’s body was bent in some way because of his affliction. Crooked has more connotation than crippled.

Some adjectives are just more interesting than others. Take the following sentences, for example:

The red berries hung from the tree.

The crimson berries hung from the tree.

His white face revealed that he was in shock.

His alabaster face revealed that he was in shock.

The old man walked down the bumpy road.

The old man walked down the rutted road.

Let’s try using colorful verbs and adjectives in the same sentence:

The old man walked down the road.

The crooked old man trudged down the rutted road.

See how the second sentence is much more interesting than the first? This is due to connotation, which can become part of your style or voice and improve your writing skills.

A word of caution

When you’re learning how to improve your writing skills with the use of colorful verbs and adjectives, don’t get carried away. Think of it as eating fudge. A little bit is wonderful, but too much can make you sick!

When I was teaching actual writing courses, I’d often have students go through their papers and circle every other verb. I would then ask them to change every boring verb to one that had more interest. You can do the same thing with adjectives.

To read more about writing skills, check out my other online writing courses, found below. I’ll be adding to these in the coming weeks. If you’re a high school student wanting to learn how to improve your writing skills, I hope you find my free online writing classes helpful!

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      bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I saw this in the feed and "leapt" in here!HA!

      I loved teaching and using rich words, as we call them in second grade.It's challenging and helpful for stretching the old dendrites!

      Today on my blog, I wrote about "the trees wore orange and gold ensembles" and "the dazzling white cotton atop the ginger colored stalks". Think I'm going go back and say "atop the cinnamon colored stalks.." and change "the trees wore" to "the trees had adorned themselves" yeah...I'm thataway!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Wow... What a GREAT teacher you are!! What an inventive way of teaching Hubbers. I really liked your Hub on essay's and have tried a couple of the techniques in my Hub's. This particular Hub covers the ground that I had to relearn in the 11th grade, and have since forgotten.

      Can we please have comma's, periods and paragraphs soon? I know I mess up really bad on those!

      Ok, I'm re-reading my comment here and trying to figure out if I made any mistakes. Oh boy, I just don't know.

      But it is a GREAT Hub and I will be looking forward to more lessons!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Love your fudge analogy. Adjectives are so tempting--they're like the colorful sprinkles and yet, as writers,we are told to use them sparingly, thoughtfully--there I go--already too many adjectives to make the grade. Right, teacher? Love this series, keep going...rated useful.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Habee, This is a great review of simple writing skills that I was taught in school. It is making me pay more attention again to my word choices. Thanks

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      Katie Luense 6 years ago from Cartersville, GA

      Habee, As always your Hubs are top notch and very well written! Thank you for this useful information! I rated it up a notch as usual, and will Tweet it for you! Thank you for your informative hubs!

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Good basic writing skills to have,Habee. Thanks for sharing.

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      lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

      Habee, I second the motion that your hubs are always top notch. I enjoy learning and reading your good stuff.

      Linda

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Excellent Hub. I help people with writing professionally so I applaud your hub.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Holle - I was going to write "excellent, informative, well-written and worthwhile information" in this hub. But then I read that you said don't get carried away with adjectives, so I'll just write: Great hub. Wait a minute - maybe that doesn't apply to comments. Whatcha think?

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Habee, I voted up and useful. This is very helpful information and I will be following your writing courses hubs. Thank you!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub, Habee...

      even if the comment is coming from one of the worst violators of the rules of English grammar -- me. LOL!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Habee, as you know, I need it and shall read every word of it.

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      Iamsam 6 years ago

      I find it very helpful

      Thanks

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Lots of useful and simple advice in a very easy style to understand. It was a pleasure to read and learn a few new things at the same time. Great lesson and looking forward to reading more!

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What a great idea Habee, teaching people the basics of writing. Many of us on HP would have learned these lessons at school but as with everything we tend to forget because our minds get overrun with other everyday stuff. Thanks for the reminders.

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      G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks, I don't thinkit ever hurts to review this material. As amatter of fact, I am going back to take a college witing class this month- ust to refresh. This is very helpful.

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful lesson!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for reminding us of this, habee. One can so easily get stuck in a style that has much room for improvement. Because English is not my mother tongue, I often struggle with a lack of vocabulary and I don’t always know when to use what word in a specific sentence/contrast. There are also many English words that are spelled differently in South Africa, like favourite, develop, travelling.... I should do a hub about this. When you get the time, please go have a peep at my hub “My favorite hubbers’.

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      WildIris 6 years ago

      habee~ I hope you continue with this series. I will link this Hub to my homeschool blog for a wider audience. Thanks for your great Hub.

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      Sandy Jauregui 6 years ago from Sanger

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to share...very useful, indeed! :)

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      Jane@CM 6 years ago

      Awesome idea Habee! Book marked and voted up!

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      Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

      YOu are just great... and correct in saying style is something that is hard to teach...but you can teach the basic, and those learning from you will or can develop their style on their own consciously or unconsciously.. thanks for this my on line teacher hihihi

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you oh wise one for bringing back the 'basics'. We tend to forget these things!

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      ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for a lesson! I am your student from now on.

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      msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Awesome hub, Habee! I really enjoyed reading your great writing tips. I would love to take a class under you, you make the subject simple, yet interesting. Writing is my passion, and I can tell it's yours too. Keep up the good work!

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      mel22 6 years ago from ,

      Way to use that English degree ! You made the subject simple to understand. You should be the Sec of Education for making the subject so easy for others. I hope many high schoolers see this bcz it is very much needed. I had to rate this awesome just for its easy flow and readability. I hope many people see how easy using 'connotation' really is !

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great hub!

      Connotation is indeed important--but one must be careful, as well, for within connotation lurks the dreaded double entendre!

      Often used as s deliberate device for purposes of humor, it can also crop up unintentionally--for example, your "crooked man..." can also imply (connote) a person who lacks integrity or is dishonest in some way. ;-)

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      Scribe For Hire 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for your no-nonsense approach to writing.

      It's so important to learn the basics. Like anything else, good writing takes practice and helpful guidance always helps.

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      JayDeck 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Simple and easy to understand, I look forward to reading more.

      Thanks.

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      bradfield27 6 years ago

      Very useful. Thank you.

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      Will Apse 6 years ago

      The former Poet Laureate, John Betjeman thought Eng Lit killed poetry in England. He could be a terrible snob, though.

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      Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

      Good advice. Verbs and nouns underpin all good writing, and a well-chosen verb is the difference between delightful and dull. I'm glad you hit on this, and you made it very approachable. I'm also glad you warned about overuse of adjectives. The need for an adjective or adverb is often a sign that the wrong verb or noun has been used.

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      Good lesson. I like it that you made one or two points and provided examples. Too often I'm given too much information at once. One step at a time is all I can handle!

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      New Life 6 years ago from Chandler, Arizona

      Thanks for your lesson, just what I needed.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Habee, you are my English online teacher. As you know I live in Indonesia. English isn't my major language. So, I still learn and learn. You gave us good English course. I hope this useful to improve my skill in writing. Thank you very much. You are the best. Vote up as usual.

      Prasetio

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      You used pure common sense, sorry, unadulterated everyday understanding. Cheers a great easy to follow guide.

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      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      A very nice presentation of skills we often forget how to use. I lost a lot of style when most of my writing was for corporate purposes, and sometimes I still feel as if I'm trying to get it back. This information is so important as well, because nothing is worse than trying to read dull, boring, uninteresting writing. Thanks!

      Mike

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      WoW! This is a great article. I am new to hub pages, but I will definitely take your article to heart and put into practice the use of connotation verbs in my articles. This information will help many writers liven-up their stories.

      I am sure mine need it.

      Teresa

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      Sina 6 years ago

      Good writing skills tips.. Thanks for sharing, it's very useful..

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      nikitha p 6 years ago from India

      Wow !Great hub, I liked it.

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      PierrePierre 6 years ago

      Habee, you are a good teacher. You write something that we often ignore. Great!

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      Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

      A solid presentation of basic skills needed by all. I like the fudge analogy, it is so true! Some writers get carried away with peppering their work with colorful words.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great writing examples. I love writing and I really enjoy the power of words. As writers we have to always strive to develop the out gift.

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      christinasponias 6 years ago from Athens - Greece

      I loved your lessons!

      I believe that a good suggestion for all authors is to read literary works. In literature an author cares about writing very well, in a very beautiful way. We can learn many things about writing well in literature and implement this style even when we write informational texts.

      I noticed than whenever I add a philosophical and poetic thought in my scientific articles they always have many page views.

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      maruthirp 6 years ago from Hyderabad

      Nice post habee. Great for learners. But what would people do who are perfect in grammar and poor in vocabulary?

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      LakeShow T 6 years ago

      Very nice hub here. I regularly find it necessary for me to review proper grammar and writing skills. Besides, I'm sure most people can use a little refresher every once in a while. I found the examples provided very helpful. Thanks Habee!

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      Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Class is in session, and I am in attenance :) Great Hub Habee, useful and awesome!

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Very useful. Thanks :)

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      jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

      This article is very useful. As we can all see, there are a lot of articles in the internet which for me not that very well written. There are just simple guidelines on how to write a good article and if just followed, the internet world may not be polluted by useless articles. Nice hub!

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      DStettler 6 years ago

      Good information. In fact, it makes me want to check the verbs I'm using see if I can use some that would work better.

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      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing Habee. The lesson was simple yet very informative. This will surely help me improve my writings.

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      novelst 6 years ago from UAE

      thanks for this articale

      by. the way :

      I have a question I think a lot,

      What are the main ways of learning English well

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      edmondpogi 6 years ago

      educational indeed!!!

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      jjwrightis 6 years ago from Parish, NY

      Thank you very much! I book marked and now following. I need all the help I can get! I dont know anything about writing. Im just an ordinary auto technician that enjoys writing alot. I want to learn! Thank you again!

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      eculligan 6 years ago

      Thankyou very much. This was very helpful. Will be following

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      Meskens Geert 6 years ago from Belgium

      good work, thanks

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      sarahamack 6 years ago

      I think it is a good ideato improve your writing skills no matter what age you are you are never too old to learn! Good job whoever thought of this idea, everyone in the world should take advantage of this opportunity.

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      ankigarg87 6 years ago

      Very good and interesting hub.

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      ACD 6 years ago

      hmmmm... such an interesting woman... you're good....

      and cute... i admire you.

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      PZigney 6 years ago

      I enjoy playing with words. Good info and enjoyable read. Thanks.

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      topstuff 6 years ago

      So simply explained the word game.An interesting read always have a good selection of words.

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      DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Very helpful! Thanks for sharing! =)

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 6 years ago from NC

      Perfect timing! I am so glad I read your hub when I did!

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      Michelle Geaney 6 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Glad I found this! I usually use Ehow but I found this far more helpful. I'm starting to expand on my writing-I usually write poetry but this has definitely been an article i found very useful! Thank you!

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      Webskitzo 6 years ago from Kelowna, BC

      Solid article. Well written...but of course right!? Haha. Your a great teacher!

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      Artoflegendindia 6 years ago

      Great hub.your hub is very creative, solid and interesting.I liked your hub.Your hub is knowledgeable and unique than the other hubs.Keep it up.

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      MR.POINT OF VIEW 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      What you are doing is great!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      The crooked old man that trudged down the rutted road was Micky Dee.

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      dotty1 6 years ago from In my world

      Hello there, I am so very glad that I found your inspiring, interesting hubs. I shall be following you keenly now as they were so useful and easy to read. I shall now revisit my verse with scrutiny !!!!! a new fan x

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Habee, You are terrific and so versatile! Great useful Hub! Wonderful refresher course on improving writng skills! You are a most splendid teacher... You have such a plethora of delightful hubs!

      I hope all is well with you and yours take care! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Voted up. Great advise! One of the best ways to expand your vocabulary is to read books and see how 'real' writers use words to convey ideas. Some people like the 'word a day' approach where you learn a new word everyday. You certainly have presented some simple, yet fine example to show how we can improve our writing.

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      mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Superb use of the English language, Habee! You have truly leapt through the gargantuan pile of useless language and phrases to provide useful tips and hints! Thumbs up! Your suggestions do keep a reader wanting more! Thank you! I am sending this to my nephew whose main vocabulary consist of, "wats up" ;-)

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      Jalus 6 years ago

      English Comp and writing are a prerequisite for anything one does in life.

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      This is really nice of you that you took time to share your experience.Perhaps, I need this kind of hubs more than anyone else.I will be looking forward to your next writing skill development hubs. Thanks habee :)

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this lesson just as much the second time. Hope all is well with you. It's unusual to have you away from your computer so long.

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      rash7eed 6 years ago from Philippines

      It is very interesting. I love to learn more about your hub.

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      MKayo 6 years ago from Texas

      We need more Hubs like this one - thanks! I know I can always use more information on becoming a better writer and communicator. I feel that we are losing our language to those who never use, or mis-use it. thanks for the tips!

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      musa 6 years ago

      thank you this is what we all need to remind our minds

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      I wish i had this great lesson, especially on connotations, when i first started hubbing.

      Even at that, it's still relevant to me now, as my aim is to improve my writing skills as much as i posibbly can.

      Thanks for this lesson Habee. Bookmarked, because i may need to read it again and again.

      Cheers.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jackie, I'm glad you're teaching kids about rich words. Carry on!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Susie, you are too kind!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Anglnwu. I'll be writing more about writing skills!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, good to see you!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate that, Cluense!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Tim Tim!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Linda, I appreciate your comment!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Rob. It's nice to hear from a pro!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nah, drbj - I think comments are exempt! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Phyllis! Glad you like my writing courses!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Chris, you berry, berry funny guy!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I hope you find my writing courses useful!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Iamsam, thanks for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Rich!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      MPG, I've forgotten a lot, too! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Good for you, GL!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Awww...thanks, Sheila!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'll check it out, Martie!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      That's great, Iris! Thanks!

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      rmills123 6 years ago from Ecru,Ms

      Great hub keep up the good work

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      vinividivici 6 years ago

      Useful, handy, nice!

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      A very insightful hub, Holle, and one that I think many hubbers will find valuable in their continued pursuit toward the ultimate piece. Myself included. :)

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I can always use some tips from a gifted language arts professional.... Great help. I hope your feeling better soon, My daughter is getting over Broncitis and man is it nasty, she's been in and out of the hospital twice for breathing treatments. It's hard to shake. My thoughts and prayers are with you that you'll soon be back to yourself. Peace :)

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      So if I come over and do all the odd jobs, including feeding the chickens, dogs and assorted critters (including your husband), will you teach me to write? That is besides feeding me those steaks and allowing me to use the pool? :-))))

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, you are welcome!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Jane!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Maria, you are so sweet!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie - wise one?? lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      ReuVera, nice to have you in class!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Anne, thanks for the encouragement!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mel, I hope school kids find it!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Lol, Lizzy - too true!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate that, Scribe!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jay and Bradfield, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      That's funny, Will!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Shady, thanks for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mulberry, I have the same problem!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      New Life, you are very welcome!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Prasetio, I'm happy to have you in class. Lol!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Attempted!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mike, you are too kind, my friend!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Teresa, glad you found it helpful!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sina, I'm glad you liked it!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nikitha!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I really miss teaching, Pierre!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Allan, the fudge analogy fits, huh?

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      2besure, good to see you here!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Christina, reading def makes you a better writer.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Maruthirp, try to learn a couple of new words a week, and use them whenever possible.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Lakeshow!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Wave, great to see you!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Trish!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jeanie and D, thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you liked it, Chin Chin!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Novelst, reading well written works will help, as will conversing with English speakers.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Edmond!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      JJ, I think that's wonderful!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Eculligan and Gamelover, I appreciate your comments!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sarah and Anki, thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      ACD, you just made my day!!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      P, I enjoy that, also!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Topstuff and Dj, thanks for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad it helped, Eco!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Michelle, this can help with poetry, too!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Web and Art, I really appreciate your comments!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Mr. Point!

      Mickey - LOL!!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Dotty!

      Deb, you are just too sweet!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Dolores - extensive reading is essential for good writing!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mwatkins, like...I hope your nephew, like...sees the importance of, like...using, like...good language skills! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      True, Jalus!

      Andro, there will be more!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sheila, my life is crazy right now!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Rash, thanks for reading!

      Mkayo, I'm always learning, too!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Musa!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Viryabo, cheers back at ya!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Rmills and Vini, thanks for the encouraging words!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Jim! Good to see ya, buddy!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Katie. I need all the prayers I can get!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      De Greek, you don't need any help!

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      Sage Williams 6 years ago

      habee - seeing as I never really learned the basics, this is really awesome. Thanks so much I am bookmarking. I question my writing often. Never quite sure when it comes to language and punctuation.

      Sage

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      Dianemae 6 years ago

      Everyone needs a good English review. Thanks.

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      lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Great little reminder! I've seen more than a few people on here who could use a refresher course ; )

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      girlygames 6 years ago

      Wow. We now have our teacher Habee (: Thanks for the first set of Grammar Lesson. Keep posting.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Habee, your information is fantastic! I will use the suggestions on my future hubs. Thanks!

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      Habee, I really needed to read this. I need to do some refresher course for myself when it comes to connotation and verbs. Superbly done, hub up.:)

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      MythiliK 6 years ago from India --> Switzerland

      This is wonderful. I am going to spend more time once again to read it. Hope it helps me to get good score in Hubpages :)

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      Godlike 6 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for sharing, really good. :)

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      giwrgos12 6 years ago from San Diego

      Your thoughts is very helpful for us . Thanks

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      EliKen 6 years ago

      I really could have used this information as a tenth grader!! Eliene is brasilian, I will refer her to the site to review...

      Ken@ EliKen

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      wghorley 6 years ago

      Very useful information. I am writing alot of essays right now, so I will keep checking your post.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Circle and replace every verb with another more interesting verb ... that's an interesting and fun exercise to improve a sentence.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      This is great,Ma'am Habee! Teaches one to learn how to avoid errors in using out-of- context verbs and adjectives in a sentence.

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      Ambition398 6 years ago

      Agree, content needs to flow - - include some descriptive words in there folks :)

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      susan beck 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      As a fellow writing teacher, I couldn't agree more with your hub. Verbs, verbs, verbs!! The spark plugs of good writing!

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      mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

      I agree with you so, so much. A powerful verb is much more powerful than a dozen adverbs or adjectives!

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      Words are so powerful - especially when placed just so....

      Great Hub habee and you have a couple of exercises in here I must try myself.

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      what a great wordsmith you are habee

      but hey

      you're southern

      if we cant talk

      we are not on this earth, eh? :) lol

      love to you habee

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      Bbudoyono 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for this great lesson. I am your student too now.

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      suejanet 6 years ago

      Thanks for these tips, I will use them in my writing. Always looking for tips.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sage and Diane, I'm glad you enjoyed my hub on writing skills!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Lender!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, GG!

      Treasures, glad you found it useful!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, HPwriter!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I hope so, too, Myth!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Godlike and Giwrgos, I appreciate your comments!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Eliken, I hope high school students find this hub on writing skills!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Good deal, WG!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Ingenira!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Lita, so glad you liked my tips on writing!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Ambition, I soooo agree!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Steele, great to see another writing teacher here!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You got that right, Mysterylady!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Duchess, always good to see you here!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Barb, your comment is funny but soooooo true!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Bbud, welcome to writing class!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sue, thanks for stopping by!

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great and helpful hub to all writers old and new. I myself just write how I feel and think. I gave up on the correctness of it.

      So will have to try and improve my ideas after this lesson. thanks habee.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great to hear from you, Eileen!

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      teen writer 6 years ago

      I agree that some people need more help than others with adverbs and adjectives within their writing and reading skills. This site is very helpful as I love to learn more about writing, especially for teens.

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      Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      What a great hub! hubee, this is what I need and thank you for sharing your knowledge. I voted up.

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      NikiiLeeReyes 6 years ago

      very useful; i just bookmarked a cheat sheet lmfao jk ;]

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      sameerk 6 years ago from India

      thanks for the info , very well written

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      John MacNab 6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      An interesting and informative Hub, habee. thank you.

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      Spider Girl 6 years ago from the Web

      That's pretty useful habee :)

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      Cheri Taylor 6 years ago from New York, NY

      GREAT I WILL SHARE THIS, I AM SURE MANY CA GET GREAT USE FROM THIS HUB..THANKS FOR SHARING

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      Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great and simple information. I like your examples as well, although, "crooked" can be interpreted several ways. I first thought you meant a dishonest, conniving old man :)

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      jonathanshaw 6 years ago from Watford, Hertfordshire, Great Britian

      a very wise, good way to help writers. I tried such an article but i ended up bragging about my book! top marks.

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      THE DIVINE YOU. 6 years ago

      Jesus, You are a star. Keep the flag rolling!

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      Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Useful and awesome. Well done Habee! Hopefully lots of folks who need this foundation will find it!!!

      Ben

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      Dee 6 years ago

      Very interesting. I have been working on a few hubs on writing skills and I love your format. It was straight to the point and not overpowering. Will continue to read and share with others. Dee

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      Renee Hanlon 6 years ago from Michigan

      I loved your examples on word choices! I will definitely be keeping connotation on my mind as I write. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - look at your new avatar! I forgot... what are we talking about again? Oh yeah - verbs and adjectives! ;-)

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      JohnBarret 6 years ago

      I really love the lines you wrote, "Think of it as eating fudge. A little bit is wonderful, but too much can make you sick!".

      It is really true.

      Secondly, is this your picture? So cute.

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      giwrgos12 6 years ago from San Diego

      Remarkable HUB and also went look forward how to your future update.

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      map65 6 years ago

      great hub - thanks for sharing!

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      Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

      This is a very useful hub, one we could all come back to for that 'reminder' and great tips too .

      =) thank you for sharing.

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      bluedreams 6 years ago

      Thank you!, this hub is very useful for improving my english :)

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      goprisca 6 years ago from Bangalore

      This is really informative. Thanks a lot for giving an excellent hub.

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      zmejias 6 years ago from NY

      Really admirable specially for me; my mother tongue is Spanish so, this is very helpful, Thank you and please keep doing it.

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      World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

      Super great tips Habee! I have used a number of your tips with my EFL and ESL English language students in Thailand and South Korea!

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      skewd 6 years ago

      Great hub! up

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      ed77burns 6 years ago from USA

      This hub really help me out on how to write an article or any other verbage.Thanks!!

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      Br3nd4ft 6 years ago

      Very informative

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      very useful to go back to basics thanks !

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      Muktu 6 years ago

      wow what a great hub! Thanks so much for this info:)

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      Evsukov 6 years ago

      Great Hub good content

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      Used Acoustic Gui 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice tips! I like to keep my writing simple - i like to try and create images in peoples mind so that they can see what i can - thanks for that!

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Hey Habee, thanks for sharing such great tips. One should always try to improve and I will always try to remember your teachings ;)

      LOL @ stephhicks`comment :D

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      royalbert 6 years ago

      very informative hub. I learn lots of things from it.

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      Ayesha Saini 6 years ago from New Delhi

      Very useful and informative hub ! Would be back for more :)

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      earn_Online_24x7 6 years ago

      Very informative hub on a very needed topic.

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      susan beck 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      I, too, am a writing teacher and appreciate your sage advice. I also applaud the brevity of your article--you offer a quick, valuable lesson in style, without excess. Bravo.

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Great tips from a teacher! Thanks habee:)

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      happydogs 6 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      Excellent tips. I'm new to writing so this was definitely a beneficial read. Thanks for sharing! I can see this has helped a lot of people.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      Can you explain why this hub is rated one hundred?

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      missknowitallnot 6 years ago

      This an amazing hub...awesome

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      Cindy Vine 6 years ago from Cape Town

      Sometimes people need to get back to the basics.

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      Stas 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing i really enjoyed this!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Teen, I'm so glad you found this article!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Neverletitgo, thanks for your kind words!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nikii, LOL!

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      Mansoor Jam 6 years ago from Karachi

      ur pages support to improve english.

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      flash calendar 6 years ago

      Teaching is the best part which I have always loved in my life. Even writing articles for something is a great job if you are good at writing. Even I am thinking about it as it is one of the way to express yourself as well as medium to earn money too.

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      Runway 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Dmian 6 years ago

      Very interesting and helpful i´m writing a book and i could use your tips!

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Clearly, simply and helpfully put article. But those who don't - or won't - read BOOKS, will never develop an adequate vocabulary allowing them to use a more colorful and interesting voice.

      Excellent hub....Bob

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      rmbso.com 6 years ago from Guangzhou

      Habee, This is a great review of simple writing skills that I was taught in school. It is making me pay more attention again to my word choices. Thanks

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      very good tips and real world examples. This made me whirl in my chair with glee. (connotation :-))

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      roxsilver 6 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks so much for putting the time into doing this. Great course!

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      Johnny Joe 6 years ago from USA

      HI, This is a great hub. I have read the whole article and learnt few things on how to write effectively.

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      Erin 6 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

      Great hub!

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      ExecResumeGenius 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Very good information. This is also so important in effective resume writing. Younger generations don't pay as much attention to the art of writing and communication. Thanks for sharing.

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      JListen 6 years ago

      That was a great read, I hated English in school and I never paid attention to nouns verbs etc,science,maths and girls were much more interesting. Recently I started to write some articles and webpages online and realized my writing abilities were non existent. I will use these skills from now on. thank you v much

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      xamduarte 6 years ago

      Thank you! Simple but very useful.

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      Karen Somers 6 years ago from Omaha,NE

      Nice job. I am a dietitian not a writer, so writing my own hub made me nervous, I used yours for a nice reference. Thanks again, and again...great job!

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      RandySFO 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for this ... very helpful. We often get in a hurry and forget to slow down and be a bit more creative.

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      Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

      Beautifully explained in a simple format! At times we may tend to overdo adjectives. Thanks for reminding us to think of the connotation of words.

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      dbg07050 6 years ago

      Thank you. I think it's wonderful and I will follow you for as long as to hub.

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      Chandra Susheel 6 years ago

      Informative Hub!!!!!

      The hub is immeasurably informative and it is explicitly inclined towards impressive writing by the use of adjectives. This was aptly stated in the hub as adjectives add description to sentences. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful peace of text. I await your future text in this regards with great curiosity. Keep on hubbing.

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      PiersPang 6 years ago from Singapore

      They always say to write as you speak. But I find it sometimes makes the reading a bit boring. Adding some colorful verbs and adjectives like you suggested here will definitely liven up the writing.

      I would say that your free writing courses aren't just for high school students, they're for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.

      Good work!

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      goukiandy 6 years ago

      Nice Hub, english is not my native language so I don’t have a wide knowledge of how to use it at all, but it helped me a LOT!

      Many thanks

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      nanret dadur 6 years ago

      i love the rules and learnt from your teaching.

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      OmNaser 6 years ago from kuwait

      Thats a useful hub thanks dear :)

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      Traveller004 6 years ago from Colorado

      Very helpful for people who don't understand the components of written American/English. This is a great help to people learning English as a second language or young people who are learning new writing skills.

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      Sterling Carter 6 years ago from Indian Mound, Tennessee

      I am most likely the most grammatically incorrect writer of the English language.

      This Hub is great I will definitely be reading your other Hubs as well.

      Thnanks

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're very welcome, Sameerk!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      John, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Spider Girl!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Heart Felt, I hope you're right!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Lol, Ironracer!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Can't blame you there, Jonathan!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Can't blame you there, Jonathan!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      A star, Divine? lololol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Ben, I hope they do. Good to see you, buddy!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Dee!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Song-bird, glad you liked my online writing classes!

      HI, Steph! That was my daughter.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      John, the girl in the pic is my daughter. Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Giwrgos, I just added another hub to my online writing classes series!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Transcriptionven, so glad you liked it!

      Map, you are SO welcome!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Leptirela, thanks for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Blue, hope it helps!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Goprisca, you're very welcome!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Zmejias, de nada! Hope you stay tuned for more online writing classes!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mamatetis, I'll check it out!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      World-traveler, you are "da bomb"!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Ed!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Barry, nice to see you!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Muktu, I appreciate your patronage!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Evsukov, glad you liked the hub!

      Skewd, thanks a bunch!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Acoustic, that's just what an effective writer should do!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Funride, you are more than welcome!

      Roy, glad you learned something about writing skills!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Br3!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Passion, I just wrote another hub for my online writing classes!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Earn, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Steele, I'm honored by your comment!

      Tim-tim, how ya been, girlfriend?

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Happydogs, I hope my online writing classes help a lot of folks - especially students!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Opinionduck, I guess because people like it?? I have nothing to do with the scoring of hubs.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Missknowitall - lol! That's what my hubby calls me!

      Cindy, so good to see you here!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Stas!

      Monsoor Jam, if you want more writing tips, visit my other online writing classes!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Flash, I loved teaching!

      Netscam, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Runway!

      Dmian, good luck on your book!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Bob, I totally agree. I used to tell my students this all the time!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      rmbso, good for you!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Ocbill, happy whirling! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Rox, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      JJ, thanks for attending class!

      Erin, I appreaciate that!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Resume Genius, you're right about younger writers!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      JListen, just think how much success you could have had with girls if you had used writing skills for composing poetry! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Shane, thanks for your kind words!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Xam, thank you very much!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Karen, we each have our strong points!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Randy, I think you're right - sometimes it's all about time.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Craan, You're very welcome, and thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Dbg, thanks for that vote of confidence!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Chandra, so glad that you like my online writing classes!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Piers, thanks for those kind words!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Goukiandy, glad it helped!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nanret, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Omnaser!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Traveller, I hope students - especially ESOL students - find my online writing clases helpful!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, Sterling - you definitely AREN'T the most grammatically incorrect writer. Believe me!

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks for all your help! Voted UP and following you now. Look forward to reading more!

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      BestToysReport 6 years ago from USA

      Good tutorial,Thanks for sharing.

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      john27 6 years ago

      fantastic tips for new beginner in writing

      like me i like it

      good job!!!

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      CelebrityEditor 6 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for the great refresher!

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      charkamman 6 years ago from portugal

      Wow that was very useful, especially because English is not my first language.

      thanks!

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      dswan9 6 years ago from Amsterdam and London

      hey will you see me at the bottom here ? great article on writing.I write short stories myself and seriously need to do a few writing courses and open my writng to some constructive criticism. maybe I will just pop back here every now and gain

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      matherese 6 years ago

      Hi i really like your post. Will have to read it one more time. Thanks

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      Mokibobolink 6 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub! Very helpful, thanks! :o)

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      trimar7 6 years ago from New York

      Sounds like many of us are going back to the basics. Why did teachers believe that children could learn without the explicit instruction?

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      Pulse101 6 years ago

      I think it needs to learn more vocabulary or to know other synonyms of the particular word for us to use it in the right way, am I right?

      Thanks for sharing this. I have learned a lot from your online writing course... Your hubs on this topic are simple, concise and easy to understand. Have to read some more, so write more please about this. You're my teacher now here and not only me but also my daughter's. Bookmarked! ...I'm digesting what you shared here.

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      Cindy 6 years ago

      That's great :-) I'm trying my best to do so.

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      Mass Inda 6 years ago

      Great hub. I am a writer myself, thanks for the tips, I'll be using them.

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      dloriginal 6 years ago

      That was a great read. Valuable information. Thanks

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      thank you for the reminder about action verbs and adjectives.

      good hub.

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      Palistus 6 years ago

      Thank you, I found this hub very useful.

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      Adam Smith 6 years ago

      One of making writing less boring is through stocking up vocabularies. The more words you know, the more likely the writing will be better. I stumbled across a useful tool that can help here as visual dictionary. http://www.snappywords.com/

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      Lauretta123 6 years ago from Ukr

      great lesson, thanks

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      anaday 6 years ago from Ireland

      I really enjoyed reading your lesson. I fell in love with the usage of connotative words, more ¨visual¨ verbs and different adjectives when I was taking a preparatory course to sit the CAE test in Brazil, but hadn't had a lesson on these since 2005, so I'm delighted to have found your hub! Cheers from Ireland.

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      Nat Amaral 6 years ago from BC Canada

      You've given quite a few useful tips. I'll remember that with my letters and stories.

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      Erica 6 years ago

      Nice lesson - I especially liked the tip about how to advise students on practical application: "take every other verb, and now try to increase the interest." Because it's so easy to go overboard, or not get it, how far to take the concept in practice.

      Hope you enjoying the many fans and compliments for a basic writing lesson! Please keep 'em coming.

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      pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I have much to learn! Thanks for the very informative hub!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Welcome aboard, Turtle!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Best toys, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, John!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nice of you to visit, Celebrity!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Charka, hope it helps!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      dswan, I see you!! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Matherese!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Moki, glad you found it helpful!

      Trimar, some teachers are better than others! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Pulse, welcome to class!

      Cindy and Mass Inda, so glad you stopped by!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Dl, thanks for attending my online writing classes!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Agaglia, you're very welcome!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Palistus, I'm glad you did!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Adam, thanks for the tip!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Lauretta, I appreciate your comment!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Anaday, great timing, huh? lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Good for you, Nat!

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      AlishaMora 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much for the hub! As a writer I am always trying to improve my skills, and your information is very helpful.

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      lex123 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such an informative hub. I'm glad to see it is helping so many people.

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      Article Magick 6 years ago from Dublin

      Excellent article!

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      Bennett Thompson 6 years ago from Portland, OR

      "Think of it as eating fudge. A little bit is wonderful, but too much can make you sick!" Love it! Thank you for writing this insightful hub. I'm always wanting to improve my writing skills and find my voice. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff.

      PS - I would be more than happy to accept some constructive criticism if you ever find the time to read some of my hubs.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Great Hub, habee. You are a good teacher with excellent suggestions all the way through. Really useful.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Erica, thanks SOOOOO much!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're very welcome, Penny!

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      Mavis Nong 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Habee,

      Awesome hub! Thanks for sharing your tips.

      All the best!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you very much, Alisha!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I am, too, Lex!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Magick!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Bennett, I'll try to get around to that - I'm swamped right now. If I don't read some of your hubs soon, please send me an email reminder.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! Thanks, Docmo!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Mavis! I've enjoyed writing my online writing courses!

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      Farooq1 6 years ago

      nice hub!

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      poker online 6 years ago

      thanks for giving us the tips. and now i think i can improve my writing skills

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      I love using adjectives when writing. It makes such a difference in the interest level.

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      MBL Jerseys 6 years ago

      MBL Jerseys Well ,so good

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      craigmissuea 6 years ago from USA

      Your article will surely help beginners to develop an innovative style in their writing.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you stopped by, Poker!

      susannah, love your avatar!

      MBL, thanks for reading!

      Craig, I hope so - I'm still a teacher at heart!

      Thanks, farooq!

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      cdarayoung 6 years ago

      Very useful...thanks

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      iamsuper 6 years ago

      there are a lot of writing course for free on internet, the link above is so useful. thank you for writing this.

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      Dreatech 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Thanks for the passion you have towards teaching. Unlike most teachers, most expecially the ones that thinks government are to get them paid and not the pupils. Thanks! Once again for the passion, and effort. i wish am one of those student you have thought, or may be one of your kid. Lol. God bless. Pls keep it burning.

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      Nicky Smart 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Words are so powerful - especially when placed just so....

      Great Hub habee and you have a couple of exercises in here I must try myself.

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      Angel Caleb Santos 6 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Great article. I learned a lot. Grammar is very important for the writer as well as content. Well done and informative.

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      dtchosen 6 years ago from Dumaguete City, Philippines

      I've learned something today:) thank you..

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Great article that has really thought me a lot on how to improve my writing skills,thanks for sharing this great secret.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      CD, thanks for visiting!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Super, thanks so much for the comment!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I really wish you were one of my teachers when I was learning grammar. Your explanations are so easy to understand. Great hub!

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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      I am not a native English speaker so this is really helpful to me. Thanks! Rated up!

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      CJamesIII 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Great hub! It's nice to see that someone out there really is paying attention to the nuances of our language.

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      stephen 6 years ago

      Very insightful and helpful hub cheers!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Dreatech, thanks for your kind words!

      Thanks, Nicky. I love words!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      A well written honest hub.Thank you!

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      The article is EXCELLENT, I enjoyed it immensely. Undoubtedly this will be of great help to the readers. English is not my mother tongue but I do love the language, it is so sweet and it is very true that right choice of words can make any sentence more colourful, powerful and interesting.

      Very Best Wishes to you,

      Kamalesh

      VOTED 'UP' AND RATED 'AWESOME'

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      klevifusha 5 years ago

      This is an excellent article. I learned so much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing knowledge. I will be following you and I will be looking forward to reading more of your work.

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      fashion 5 years ago

      Informative and interesting article.I am thankful to you for helping me.

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      Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I was delighted to find your series of articles on writing, this is exactly what I need, thank you very much. I only wonder if using colorful sentences doesn't turn them into those with "wordiness" label?

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      V Qisya 5 years ago

      Great! Thank you for sharing.

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      Angela 5 years ago

      Awesome! Your article is very impressive. Thanks for the information.

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      nevilriker 5 years ago from Nashville TN

      A nice refresher on usage and intent marked this one as useful.

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      htodd 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Habee ..As a writer we should take care of Verbs and Adjectives

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.

      This hub is a good explanation of connotation. I mentioned connotation in the fourth paragraph of the first capsule of my recent hub 7 Creative Writing Rules _ Rules 5 and 6, and I linked the word to this hub.

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