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Use Double Verbs Right!

Today’s Writing Tip: Use Verbs Efficiently


Sentence: Research DOES PROVIDE a significant amount of support for the educational and professional disparities between different socioeconomic groups.


Edited Substance: Research PROVIDES a significant amount of support for the educational and professional disparities between different socioeconomic groups.


Explanation: Verbs are integral parts of every sentence. Efficient verb use improves the clarity and conciseness of ideas expressed in academic writing. While double verb use is needed for some sentence constructions, sometimes, scholars sometimes include more than one verb unnecessarily.


The sample sentence above provides a great example of double verb use that is not needed. In the sentence, “DOES PROVIDE” is written as a verb phrase. However, the verb “does” is not needed. Therefore, it is removed from the edited sentence to keep the focus on the true verb: “provides.”


When polishing your documents, be sure to eliminate any unnecessary uses of extra verbs.


Until next week, Happy Writing!!!


Dr. V Writing Coach-Editor-Speaker Author of I'm Not a Writer...I am Just in Graduate School

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