The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Writer's Handbook
Clear, Concise Sentences

Reduce wordy verbs

Try to keep the action of a sentence clear by using concise, direct verbs.

Words to use

Here's how to revise some common wordy verb phrases:

Instead of . . .

Use . . .


  • is aware of
  • has knowledge of
knows

  • is taking
takes

  • are indications of
indicates

  • are suggestive of
suggest