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REPLACE 
VAGUE VOCABULARY WITH
PRECISE PROSE

STUDENT DIRECTIONS:  The sentences below contain vague, dull, and non-descriptive words and phrases.  Rewrite each sentence with better word choice.  Remove the vague vocabulary and replace it with words that are more precise and descriptive.

EXAMPLE:  The room did not smell good.

REVISION:  The science lab reeked of something hideous and rotten.

 

  1. The man went down the street.

  2. She cooked a desert.

  3. The teacher said something to the four boys.

  4. The dog barked at something.

  5. I was so happy.

  6. The cat made a noise.

  7. The child cried when he dropped his ice cream.

  8. The man made a good meal.

  9. The girl looked nice.

  10. We were afraid when we looked down.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE TEACHER:  If your students need a hint, underline the words you want them to change.  

 

 

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