Writing Essentials - Tips and Techniques

Utilise this movella to aid your writing needs from punctuation to correct verb usage! You will review important mechanics of writing in order to create sentences that express coherence and fervour. Each chapter in this movella will discuss various writing tools that have the ability to turn any piece of writing into a magnificent work of art.

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12. Word Choice

It is very important to understand denotations of synonymous words. It is not always true that synonyms can simply be substituted with another because the primary definition may not completely or correctly explain the context of a sentence.

Take a look at this example:

The superfluous exclamation marks did not accentuate his argument any better.

versus...

The unnecessary exclamation marks did not accentuate his argument any better.

The underlined words are noted as synonyms, but here is the confusion. Depending on the context, either word can be incorrectly used to explain the situation.

Here are simple definitions of the two words used above.

Superfluous - The overabundance of something that has no significant purpose.

Unnecessary - Something that is not needed or irrelevant to the situation.

Given the context in the example, using either word will create either ambiguity or emphasis. Are the exclamation marks used purposefully, or are they used excessively? Expanding the context will further assist the usages of words.

His response essay was exaggerated. The superfluous exclamation marks did not accentuate his argument any better.

versus...

His response essay was disorganised. The unnecessary exclamation marks did not accentuate his argument any better.

Again, sentences are naturally longer when it comes to detail, but make sure it remains concise and does not drift from the main topic.

 

Through a very subjective standpoint, synonyms are not synonymous. Instead, synonyms are synonymous when context is specific. Words are not simply used as substitutions to avoid superfluity or verbosity, and using advanced vocabulary has no effect on the intensity of a subject if it is used incorrectly or awkwardly. A complex sentence can use very simple words should it be appropriate, and even simple sentences use words with a lot of letters to successfully address its purpose.

If you are confused about word choice, always consult a dictionary for definitions. Pay attention to the most relevant denotations and the "synonyms". If the primary definition is completely different or focused on a specific purpose, consider the context of your sentences to choose the best words that can explain everything.

 

Remember, using extensive vocabulary does not make a sentence better.

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