Powerful Verbs in Your Academic and Scientific Writing

Learn how to strengthen your research manuscript with strong, meaningful verbs.

Updated on June 1, 2012

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This article takes a look at the keystone of the sentences in an academic paper: the verb. Verbs that convey clear actions help readers tackle dense sentences like those found in academic writing. Beyond the added clarity, authors also save space by using informative verbs. Today's post provides some examples of verbs that can trim the word count of a research paper.

AJE's network of thousands of editors with research experience can help you find the right verbs (and other words) in your research paper.

In another article, we argue against the overuse of vague verbs such as is or has. But what are the alternatives? In English, many nouns can be turned into verbs. Consider whether using a verb form would eliminate the need to introduce the noun with a weaker verb. Take the following examples:

examples of powerful verbs in academic writing

We hope that this article has given you some ideas for making your writing as clear and concise as possible. If you have a question about a verb in your writing, we'd be happy to help. Contact us at [email protected]. Best of luck with your writing and research!

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