Simplify your writing and make it easy for your readers by turning nouns into verbs. It works because a verb reduces the number of words, is a shorter word and is more active.
You may not even realise you are using nouns. Long nouns are often considered to be a more formal style of writing. But you won’t impress readers by using longer phrases – you just make it harder for them to fight through the words to follow your meaning.
Here are some examples. Turn:
- ‘the implementation of the program’ into implementing the program
- ‘the establishment of’ into establishing
- ‘the utilisation of’ into using
- ‘the evaluation of’ into evaluating
- ‘realisation’ into realising.
When you have several long nouns in a long sentence, the more you can turn into verbs the better. Or choose a shorter noun: use instead of utilisation, change instead of transformation or modification.
- ‘The evaluation of the program was a factor in the modification of the implementation of the program’ can become ‘Evaluating the program changed how it was implemented’.
- ‘The implementation of the program led to greater utilisation by the customers’ can become ‘Implementing the program increased customer use’.
There is, of course, still a place for a well-chosen noun. Even using the same word as a verb instead of a noun can help. Try ‘understanding’, not ‘the understanding of’.
It’s all part of making it easy for the reader, as covered in these related posts:
For help on turning nouns into verbs in your writing, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org