Some are more than one word: Sick and tired; marked down? Taking this article as well as some of your other awesome basic writing technique articles, and putting them to practice in a system each time I write!
Why do we fail to do what we know to do, especially when someone helps us out gives us the answers? Thanks very much for this post. Ok, maybe that was a tad too dramatic, but I think you understand what I mean. Thanks for the article and thanks to all those that took the time to comment.
This has given me some fresh ideas. I think we should petition Microsoft to add high-lightened power words to synonyms. That way it is easy.
It is the lazy me. Jon, I forgot to thank you. This is a lot of hard work and the comments have added more to its value. Thanks for this great work. Much like your former students, I have been looking for this list for years! Thanks for putting this together and now I will print it out and place it in front of me for reference in all my writing.
I have also shared it with our writers so they too can benefit from your Uncensored, Mind-Blowing and Victorious list of power words. Jon, my hat off to you. As a former college teacher of rhetoric a Dale Carnegie instructor and writing coach, I watch people struggle to find the right words to appeal to the right emotion. Your explanations and lists are concrete, and once again, very helpful. Thanks for being there for us. I am the same blowing my hat off to Jon.
He has all the right terms to display his thoughts on emotions and all. Well organized and great post to show.
Share for for more of this kind Jon. I write about natural health and food, and I often find myself using the same old words when posting my recipes boooring!!! Thanks for a terrific boost for boring blog posts! Jon, this post and all these words are awesome! What makes them all so rich and intense is the way they connect us to our feelings; the way they bring us to something in our lives that matters. I used your Headline Hacks with great success and this is now going to build upon that vision to post powerful headlines with even more powerful content.
This list is great! Seems like it would be some good words to use in sales pages as well. Reading some of the comments makes me think some of them missed the point. These words are power words because they evoke an immediate, emotional and visceral response.
That is their power! One of the most powerful words I know is not itself a power word; it does not itself have the power of the words in your blog, it is instead a word that describes them. The smell of blood is one thing; the smoky copper scent of blood is entirely another. Those descriptive, nuanced words are words of power. Thank you so much for adding to my store! Jon I cannot thank you enough for this killer list…and everyone else for adding even more!
If I could bookmark this more than once, I would! This is such a helpful post, really grateful you shared. I loved reading this post and all of your comments.
They were a real source of inspiration and a great learning opportunity, as English is not my main language. This is a great way for me to expand my vocabulary and cultivate a more distinguished communication style, so thank you everyone.
He could come up with some doozies! But, though similar, copywriting has its own rules and you are setting up to become the next Merriam Webster and Mark Twain of our time. Thanks for the list Jon. Your list is quite effective.
I bookmarked this page for future use while writing new blog posts. This list of words is quite effective and easy to use. Thanks for sharing this list. Jon… you are the most generous person, really! Sharing so much to ensure others are also successful. Pretty happy with all the word lists I got from your page and comments. So thanks a bunch. I could take each one and write and paragraph around it.
Thanks for so many incredible ideas. I have used a list of words for choosing life values or inspiring a passion statement but never thought about words in this context before. Thanks to everyone for your contribution as well. Much food for thought and pen. As someone who has really struggled with my writing, I have found that a thesaurus is truly my strongest asset.
But posts like these are a close second. Some of these are words I know, but I just never think of implementing. This is an amazing article! I learned so many new power words.
Thanks a lot for the list! I love this list, this is pure gold for me. I think the viral word is also a power word. A brilliant piece of work! May I post a link of this article in my blog? My friends will find it very helpful. This is an awesome list here. I have looked at it several times when trying to make a query or hook for a book I am writing and found several words that have worked for me. Although during one query I was writing I found that Vigilante worked for me better than Terrorist.
I did not see that in one of the lists and do not know if anyone else has mentioned that one yet. If not there is a new word for you. Will give me food for thought as I write my next blog entry and then next words on my next books, today. Here are some power words from my writing, yesterday. I used this as an exercise to explore my writing:.
Jon — congrats — a cracking post, that I use every week as a reference guide when creating and editing my own. It does what it says on the tin, because it absolutely HAS made me a better writer. I have been using these now a few times, but I am struggling with how much I should emulate your style. Also, you tend to hype the living gold out of your articles. Contrary to most other authors, you keep your promises of awesomeness.
Anyway, thanks again for making me a better writer and a more conscious promoter. People actually read my posts now. A true gift from a true genius. This will be very helpful! Thank you for making the list so detailed and organized, and sharing it for free. We all know these words, but we often try to think of new, modern, complex ones that we think will grab attention. Eventually, we realize that simplicity is the solution to everything.
The simpler, the better. My humble contribution primarily but not exclusively for political speeches: Hi Jon, Great list, great post!
More ideas for your list of power words when you create it: I have now bookmarked it so that I can keep referring back to it when writing certain blog posts and articles. I appreciate the list being very long.
Love the examples from Henneke and Sarah Peterson — their personalities shine through. The words they use fit their brand. Excellent knowledge pack article … strange only words make me better writer i am really very excited and going to use this soon. Great piece of content. Thanks a ton Jon. Learned a lot from your thoughts. Your content always inspires me. Thank You for your powerful words.
Learned a lot from your thoughts, your content is precious, easy to read and understand, Thanks for sharing. On the internet we can find lots of information but in the whole thing existence of the reality is very few, so this site i found which is really helped me a lot. Not only is this a valuable list, but this post is a case study in how to write a great blog post. The information you have published in your blog is really useful and I will apply this useful information to the seo studies of my own website and blog page.
You have such a gift for practicing what you preach. Seriously, this is high value for me, and I can implement immediately. Thanks for pouring the work into making this great. Great article, I would really thankful for share the article from the digital marketing point of view. Thanks for sharing this article.
Keep up the good work. Sir amazing work by you. I am also a blogger and its a veryhelpful for a blogger like me. This is literally the best. Thank you for taking the time to write this! I can already see the value in this article and I have shared it with my staff. Why am I just finding you again? This is a great resource. You are a good writer, and this resource you provided will make many more better writers as well.
Looking for a quick way to give your writing more punch? We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.
We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.
That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
It is to wage war , by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny , never surpassed in the dark , lamentable catalogue of human crime. It is victory , victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror , victory , however long and hard the road may be; for without victory , there is no survival.
Thanks so much Jon for this great insight. Love this post too. Each post is detailed and, like you said, excellent. Also, Hollywood is brilliant at cashing in on fear with movies like World War Z and Please and thank you! Can I get brownie points for noticing that one too? Thanks for this very helpful post. Great list, Jon, thanks for the reminders. Thank you for your excellent posts and continued professionalism. Thank you so much! We need to compare lists! Hi Jon, Some of my favorites from my list are: Might be interesting to start an abbreviation category.
Yes, we seem to be having some technical issues. A delicious literary stimulation, Jon. And your About The Author text is the icing. This list is pure gold. You set a high standard for insanely useful content. We need people like you to inspire us, Jon Thanks! Yes, everyone go sign-up for the webinar.
My apologies in advance if you already mentioned them: Thanks for the list Michael! Petrified a great word, and I want to add more to my list, because I forgot to add them at my post on the bottom and again, sorry for any accidental repeats: Brinks-Truck-Safe — exceptional and one for my list!
Notwithstanding these limitations, …. Noting the compelling nature of this new evidence, …has suggested that. Nevertheless, …remains a growing problem. Nonetheless, the number of, …has continued to expand at an exponential rate. On the other hand, critics of, …point to its blindness, with respect to. This approach is similar to the, …. These technological developments have greatly increased the growth in, … Thus, … To be able to understand, … Undoubtedly, … While such failures must not be discounted, … there were in comparison small, when compared Whilst the discussion in the preceding paragraph, … Whether crime rates were actually lower at this time continues to be a matter of debate.
Evidence from… There are an almost limitless number of linking phrases and words one can use. Use these examples to arouse your creativity.
January 3, at 9: January 7, at 9: January 8, at January 9, at 7: January 9, at 8: January 11, at 1: A Nanny Mouse says: January 21, at 6: January 23, at February 17, at 1: February 22, at February 25, at 1: February 28, at 2: March 1, at 1: March 4, at 2: March 10, at 5: March 20, at 3: March 20, at March 27, at March 31, at 1: Kobe Bean Crybaby says: April 14, at 3: May 9, at Cool Moe G says: June 5, at 3: June 20, at 5: June 24, at June 29, at 2: July 5, at 5: For example, if the essay is about reasons that Indian food is so tasty, these possible first sentences of the body could be done:.
Ultimately, the taste of Indian food comes from the variety of ingredients and the creativity of cooks There are many correct ways to start a paragraph, but in standard English, it is typical to begin each paragraph except for the first paragraph in an essay with the topic sentence.
A topic sentence tells the main idea of the paragraph. The rest of the paragraph will explain the topic sentence and give examples and reasons to back up that assertion. In the first paragraph of an essay, you will generally give examples first and then put the thesis sentence at the end of the paragraph. The thesis sentence is the main idea of the whole essay.
Finally, in case the question is actually about the formatting of the paragraph, it is important to know that each paragraph in English is indented, and starts with a capital letter as do all first words in an English sentence. The simple answer is yes. You can start a sentence with "and" and be correct. However, it can make your writing more effective if you try to avoid "and' and use one of the other adding conjunctions listed in my article.
Consider the following example which uses two coordinating conjunctions "and" and "but" to start sentences:. Anna went skiing yesterday on the steep run at Whistler that I warned her not to try. And she made it down the hill just fine. But then she slipped on some ice at the bottom of the run and twisted her ankle so badly she can't ski today.
Anna went skiing today on the steep run at Whistler that I warned her not to try. Moreover, she made it down the hill just fine; however, when she got to the bottom, she slipped on some ice and twisted her ankle so badly she can't ski today. Coordinating conjunctions also include "yet," "or," and "nor" and are often remembered by the term FANBOYS for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.
It is not improper or wrong to use coordinating conjunctions to start a sentence, but it may not be the most effective technique and is often overused by less experienced writers.
Additionally, since many people have been taught, it is incorrect, others may judge your use of "and" to start a sentence with poor writing and incorrect grammar.
Therefore, I tend to tell my students not to use a coordinating conjunction to start sentences if they can avoid it. It is better not to say "first," but to just say your point and then on the next section, you can say "second" or "additionally" or "moreover. You could use the word, "Initially" or the phrase, "to start with. How can I write a biography about a significant role model, and then change it into a story? My assignment is using the information of a biography that I've already researched and written about.
Put yourself into the story and imagine that you are going back in time to meet the character. Think about the "Magic Treehouse" series of kid's books or H. Well's The Time Machine. Take one important scene or situation that you've researched. Write it like a story with characters, dialogue, and action.
Make up parts that you don't know, like what people look like, things that happen on a moment by moment basis, what people think or feel and how they might react to the events.
For example, what did people think, do, and feel when they heard Paul Revere come by shouting "The Redcoats are coming! Write this as a letter, a diary, a conversation or a monologue.
Have your character telling the story of some important event to a friend. For help in writing and punctuating dialogue and conversation, see: Generally, when you are using "this" to start a sentence, you are using it as an adjective describing which thing you are talking about this cellphone, this plate, this car etc.
Additionally, "this whatever" would generally be the subject of the sentence, so you can use most of the sentence starters in this article in front of it or use a phrase that starts with one of those words to vary your sentences. You can also use a synonym for the item in question. For example, "this jacket" could also be "this coat. Here are some examples using the phase "this book.
It is completely correct to start a sentence with "an important person to me. If the word starts with a vowel sound, you use "an. Sometimes there are differences in British and American pronunciation. Americans pronounce the "h" in historic, so they would write "a historic event. Good question because pronouns are already a substitute for the person's name. So you can use the name or a description of the person, such as their job "the teacher" or what they look like, "the tall, dark-headed man with blue eyes," or what they are wearing, "the girl in the blue dress.
That is where you can use my sentence starters in this article and hints about how to write sentences to improve: My article is about the benefits and the drawbacks of learning a foreign language. How should I finish the third paragraph of my article? I assume that you are talking about the conclusion of your article. A great way to conclude is to tell the reader your recommendations. You can also refute any objections that you expect your reader might have.
Remember that when you are in a conversation with someone, they can ask you questions and point out flaws they see in your arguments, or other points of view. When you write, your reader has those thoughts in their head, and those alternative points of view can make them disagree with you and feel that your paper doesn't really seem very convincing. A way to get around that problem is to bring up those objections and then answer them.
Ideally, you should answer the objections and then conclude by telling the reader how you want them to think, believe, or respond to what you are saying. Here is how to do that:. Some people might think put objection here, something like: However, in my experience, answer the objection Another reason people may not want to learn a foreign language is If you can't think of any objections, then ask other people for help.
Have them read your paper, or just tell them your ideas and ask them what sorts of arguments they think people might have against what you are saying. If you don't have anyone nearby that you can ask, send your paper to your parents, or a friend that you know would help you out.
You might also consider asking a friend in your class to read and respond. I don't think that phrase would make an effective ending of a sentence unless you were using it in a conversation.
Can I start a phrase in my essay using the word since? I am not allowed to start by writing "as. Using one of the connecting transition words is a good way to link one sentence with another. You can also use "since. Here is an example:. I added blueberries to the top of the salad we are having for dinner. Since Danielle doesn't like blueberries, I made a small salad without them for her. In this example, you could replace "since" with "because" for basically the same causal relationship.
However, you could also use one of the other three words if you wanted to emphasize "I also did this other thing. Can I start a sentence using the word "My"? My hoarding of unnecessary things is getting out of hand. My answer has to be yes! As long as you use "my" as the possessive of something it works. In my example "my answer" uses "my" with a noun and describes whose answer it is.
In your example, the "my" is used with a phrase describing an action "hoarding of unnecessary things" which is the subject of the sentence. A good way to start an essay is to decide on your topic question and then answer it. That will make a thesis or main idea for your essay. You can read more about it in this article: Generally, you do not want to use "this" without a noun.
You should say "this sweater," "this idea" or "this surprising circumstance. If you are writing in the first person, you really can't get away from using "I" but you can put these sentence starters in front of the "I" so that it doesn't jump out at the reader. As a matter of fact, I usually introduce sentence starters to my class when we are doing a personal essay.
I have them notice how many times they start a sentence in the personal essay with "I" and then I have them circle all of those "I" sentences. Next, I have them scan the list of words and put one or more in front of the "I" sentences. Another trick is to take a sentence and invert it so that the "I" is not the first word. I wanted to explain how to use sentence starters and so I used many "I" sentences in this answer.
Because I wanted to explain how sentence starters work, I used many "I sentences in this answer. Go back and see what I did to "eliminate" the "I"! When you are tempted to use "so" to start a sentence, you are generally trying to convey a conclusion or a result. Here are some good transition words and phrases for that:. Look at the list of connecting words for substitutes for "and" at the beginning of a sentence. Inside a sentence, there usually doesn't need to be a substitute for "and" if you are connecting two or more ideas.
You can't really overuse "and. Therefore, you need to use these sentence starters to help you out and also look at my article on 5 Easy Ways to Write Better Sentences. Don't always start the sentence with the subject. Use an introductory phrase instead. For explanations of these three techniques ane more ideas, you can see my article: Five Tips to Write Better Sentences: Whether you would receive points off for using a conjunction is entirely dependent on the instructor's grading system.
Technically, conjunctions are intended to join two sentences together; therefore, using a conjunction to begin a sentence is not grammatically correct. However, we use this format all the time in speaking and you will often see it in all kinds of writing as well. Personally, I avoid using a conjunction to start a sentence in my formal writing, although I might use it in an informal email or letter for emphasis and to make my tone sound more friendly and casual.
I discourage my students from using this sentence form in essays because they tend to overuse it, and because most of them need to practice writing in a more professional manner. What is most important is that you understand that using a conjunction to start a sentence gives your writing a more informal, casual tone. If that is appropriate to convey your meaning, then you should use it.
On the other hand, if you are trying to create a document which makes you sound authoritative, you should avoid that construction. The simple answer to your question is that you need to ask your teacher about their standards on this issue. The most important rule about the word "this" is not to use it all by itself. For example, you would say "this couch," "this carpet" or "this lawn" to point out which one of several possible couches, carpets or lawns you are talking about.
If you are not trying to show the reader which one out of several things you are talking about, you need to use something other than "this. You can find many sample topics on these types of essays on my web pages. You can also find step by step instructions on how to write these essays. Your best choice for substitutes for "most of" would be "many," "a considerable number," or "almost all.
I believe that what you are talking about is continuing on something in a sentence. Here are some words you can use:. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Hi Nicole--I have lots of instructions on how to write articles. Google that and you'll find it. My son has to write a word essay on violence and the Impact. And yes I've never in my life wrote an essay.
So not sure on how to even start nor word it? Can someone please clue me in thanks. I think your sentence would work but it is a bit hard to tell out of context of the paragraph. However, I think it would be better if you said:. Hi Fuat, I now understand your question more clearly. With the added information you give here, I would have to say that "especially" is not a good substitute for "in particular.
Especially, I like swimming. And yet in your samples "especially" refers to "in the summer" and "when it is a warm day" respectively, whereas in my example it referred to "swimming". So, again, can it be used in place of "in particular" - as in "I have a number of hobbies. To make this a good sentence you need something between "especially" and the subject "I.
Thanks a lot, Virginia. So, would a sentence like "Especially I like swimming" be correct? Hello Fuat, these are words that are intended to help you start your sentences with something other than just the subject. Some of these words work alone and others need to be put into a phrase. Especially when my daughter is taking a nap, I enjoy a quiet cup of tea and a good novel. Thanks for this undoubtedly useful article.
I'd like to clarify something: Does it mean that the above mentioned words can be used at the beginning of a sentence? Can I start a sentence with "especially"?
Thank you in advance. Thanks i cant wait to print this out and carry it with me for my English class. And take it out when i can. Hi jlc--I'm glad to hear that you work hard at your revision. I'm not sure about the "Same for" as a start. Could you give me the full sentence?
I can't think of a sentence that is correct which uses that beginning; however, sometimes in conversation and dialogue, it is appropriate to write what people are speaking, even if it is not correct grammar. This is really useful. Things I should have learned in school but have not really done so. Thanks for a great hub. Hello Madam, this is the best article about English I found on the net. Thank you very much for sharing it. Hi, thanks for this article. I was writing an undergrad engineering report and this helped me a lot.
Thanks for your time and effort and God bless you. We can only use notes from Professors lectures; you are immensely helping me. I used to assign a reflection journal in my class. What I had my students do was to either just reflect on something that happened that week, or to talk about something they had read or seen in the media, or to reflect on a question.
You probably need to check out my articles on reflection and personal experience essays. You can find my other articles by searching this website, by looking at my profile page or looking at the links to the side of this article.
Hi Tammy--I'm so very glad this helped you. Thanks for letting me know! You made my day. I just started college at age The instructor said write a summary and impact response paper on pages 9 to I immediately panicked, after reading your article I'm feeling much more confident in doing my first college assignment.
Thank you so much!!!! Hi Cambry--Thanks so much for letting me know this helped you. I've had almost a million views from this one idea now. It is very gratifying to know I have helped people learn to write better.
Thank you so much! Hi Harni--I have lots of help for writing essays of all sorts. Just follow the links to the side of this article, or look at the links to different kinds of essays on my profile page. Hi Ryan, You can use any of the words here in front of the "I" or you can use a phrase from the end of the sentence. Hi, I was just wondering easy ways to replace I at the beginning of a sentence. Sometimes, I struggle with this, and the replacements I find sound unnatural.
This is a great article though. Hi Sepphora, you want to start by underlining all the first words in your sentences.
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