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Today, I am going to teach you what are some overused words in English and what are the alternatives that you can use to sound more like a native speaker.
(1) LIKE. I’m not talking about the filler word “like,” as in, “I want, like, go skating.” I’m talking about the verb, 'like'. You can use 'admire', 'adore', 'cherish', 'fancy' instead.
(2) IMPORTANT. If you want to identify some detail or idea as important, alternate possibilities you might use incorporate ‘significant’, ‘vital’, ‘critical’, ‘imperative’ and ‘essential’.
(3) NEW. This word is used over and over again in English. For example, you can replace it with 'updated' or 'modern'.
(4) REALLY. Think of it this way: If you’re saying something is “really” tall, you’re missing the mark. How tall is it? Quantify it. If something has “really” improved, readers want to know how much. Qualify it.
(5) AND. Typically overused by being placed multiple times in the same sentence. Simply break up the sentence into multiple sentences or replace the conjunction with the words 'moreover' or 'in addition to'.
(6) INTERESTING. This word is widely used and yoг can replace it with 'cool', 'mesmerizing'.
(7) GOOD. People consider this word as an average compliment. Replace it with 'amazing', 'fascinating', 'mesmerizing', 'impressive'
(8) SMART. A smart person has probably been called 'smart' countless times, but how many times have they been called 'wise' or 'ingenious'? Use these alternatives instead of overused 'smart'
(9) EXPLAIN. It’s common to say that you’re going to ‘explain’ something in your essay or speech. Other options here include ‘clarify’, ‘elaborate’.
(10) THING. Instead of this word you can use 'concept' but make sure you use it correctly. This is one of many synonyms you can use.
(11) SEE. There are so many alternatives that you can use! The most common ones are 'glimpse', 'stare', 'observe', 'notice'.
(12) ALSO. This one and “and” are overused. The word ‘also’ is great for connecting two related sentences but you might need a few alternatives in a longer essay (‘furthermore’, ‘moreover’, ‘in addition’)
(13) CHANGE. Possible replacements for the verb ‘change’ include ‘transform’, ‘modify’ and ‘adjust’.
(14) SAID. If you’re quoting several sources, you might find yourself using ‘said’ or ‘says’ a lot. To prevent repetition, try using these alternatives: 'claimed', 'stated', 'declared', 'argued', 'suggested', 'explained'.
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Time codes: 1:01 #1 Like 1:55 #2 Important 2:57 #3 New 3:31 #4 Really 4:02 How you can diversify your speech 4:25 About Blinkist 5:38 #5 And 6:29 #6 Interesting 7:25 #7 Good 8:04 #8 Smart 8:48 #9 Explain 9:18 #10 Thing 9:52 #11 See 10:37 #12 Also 11:02 #13 Change 11:34 #14 Said
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