Writing Tips #36

Be specific

 

If you know something to be true, then say so. Don’t be wishy-washy: “The teeth of Allosaurus appear to be sharp.” Is there doubt? “The teeth of Allosaurus are sharp.” 
There are many similar words you should avoid, such as: ‘suggests,’ ‘appears,’ ‘probably,’ ‘may be.’ 
Better words to use are ‘indicates,’‘implies,’ ‘shows,’ ‘illustrates,’ etc.

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