How to Enliven Dull Sentences

Nominalizations signal dull writing. Lawyers frequently use them because they seem to add an air of sophistication; but all they add is useless words. Converting a nominalization to its verb form tightens and brightens a sentence.


 It is my recommendation that we I recommend we reduce overhead . . . .

Most nominalizations:


  • follow a “to be” verb
  • precede the word “of”
  • or end in “ion”


Instead of a dull, multi-word phrase, readers want a single bright verb. It holds their attention and communicates more effectively. Although nominalizations number in the thousands, WordRake will convert most of them into crisp verbs at the push of a button. 


Read more about nominalizations in this Writing Tip.


Convert Nominalizations with WordRake

With a single click, WordRake ripples through your document checking for nominalizations and other issues that detract from your writing. It runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggested changes appear in the familiar track-changes style, just like the example above.


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