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Exercise Twelve


By now, you should notice a cleaner flow to your chapter, but we are not done. Today we are going to look at phrases that can be rearranged or reduced to one or two words while giving stronger meaning. One way to do this is by looking for nouns that can be turned into action verbs. For instance, change I am a writer of non-fiction books to I write non-fiction books. Here are a few more. 


     I am a runner.    
     I run marathons.
     I am a teacher for grades 9-12.
     I teach grades 9-12.


Now on to phrases. 


     He has an abundance of books.
     He has many books.
     There were ten people in attendance.
     Ten people attended.
     He has a gun in his possession.
     He has a gun.
     I have arrived at a decision.
     I have decided.
     I will make allowances for late papers.
     I will allow late papers.
     Take a look at this.
     Look at this.


Some clues for potential changes are the words make, take, place, put, arrive, is ___ ___ of, is ___ ___ to, a ___ ___ of, an ___ ___ of, has ___ ___ to, the ___ ___ of. Also look at phrases starting with the word “in” and words that end in “tion.”


Your Assignment

Today, use your find tool with the 5 main words listed above. Do a visual check for the others.