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Concise Verb Use

Sentence: During oppressive political and economic regimes, many families in several South American countries STRUGGLED IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT to survive.


Edited Sentence: During oppressive political and economic regimes, many families in several South American countries STRUGGLED DESPERATELY to survive.



Therefore, the prepositional phrase is replaced with the adverb “desperately” in the edited sentence. This change clearly and concisely describes how the families struggled. When writing, use active adverbs to describe a verb rather than a prepositional phrase, which can unnecessarily extend the verb phrase.


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