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Instead of using “stuff”

Instead of using “stuff”
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The word “stuff” is a generic placeholder that weakens writing rather than adding to it. Andrea Ayres at Quartz suggests that when this word appears “an additional burden is placed on the reader to figure out what the reader is talking about.” Instead of using “stuff,” find the word that defines the substance. Do you find yourself writing “I’ve got some stuff to do?” Alternately, write with specificity such as ” I have to polish my resume and run errands” or “I’ve got to work on the project.” You can also use better synonyms like “matter,” “essence” or “principle.” Still looking for the right stuff?

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Instead of using “amazing”

Instead of using “amazing”
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The word “amazing” has lost its prowess as a true definer of qualities or concepts that are amazing. So has the word “brilliant” since it can be used after any phrase to indicate general agreement. If you need a synonym that conveys true greatness and captures amazement there are a number of synonyms to choose from. If something is genuinely amazing give it a word that that matches its excellence. Try synonyms like “superb,” “matchless,” “world-class,” or “transcendent.” Need to make sure your emails are top-notch?

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Instead of using “bad”

Instead of using “bad”

When you’re expressing a negative idea or quality it’s important to be careful and precise with the words you choose. Accuracy is especially crucial if you’re writing in a formal or business context where conflict could arise. When you’re describing a situation or aspect that’s bad in some way, choose a word that offers a definitive description. Consider synonyms like “unfortunate,” “subpar,” “disagreeable,” or “unfavourable.”

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