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Posted on September 8, 2011

Adverbs – verb adjectives (often but not exclusively or inclusively ending in ‘-ly’) – are like marshmallows. They can sweeten the text and make it more palatable, but too many leads a feeling of nausea. More often than not (and especially when writing dialogue) no adverb is required at all; if you do you use them, sprinkle them about sparingly and look for other ways to say the same thing – for instance, he said carefully can be written as He said with care and “I hate you,” she shouted angrily can be written as “I hate you.”. There was anger in her voice.


Tags: Adverbs, Writing Style