Many people make the mistake of using the same adjectives over and over again. We must choose more vivid adjectives. Some overused adjectives are the following:
Although there is nothing wrong with the adjectives above, we should try to use more specific or interesting ones if we can. We can always consult the dictionary or thesaurus for more choices.
WEAK: It was a great story.
BETTER: It was a thrilling (or moving, stimulating, breathtaking, exciting, hilarious, hair-raising) story.
WEAK: My uncle is nice.
BETTER: My uncle is kind (or gracious, generous, warmhearted, loving, jovial, friendly).
WEAK: Geraldine feels fine today.
BETTER: Geraldine feels healthy (or energetic, elated, upbeat, fantastic, cheerful, happy) today.
WEAK: I felt bad today.
BETTER: I felt ill (or depressed, guilty, disappointed, miserable, sad, unhappy, wretched) today.
WEAK: The U. S. Constitution is good!
BETTER: The U. S. Constitution is innovative (or effective, brilliant, practical, impressive).
WEAK: The Articles of Confederation were bad.
BETTER: The Articles of Confederation were deficient (or flawed, faulty, ineffective, inadequate, insufficient).
Rewrite each sentence, replacing overused adjectives with more vivid ones.
We replace overused adjectives. Our answers will vary. Here are some possibilities: