Use Active Voice
Every human language starts an active sentence with the subject, or the “doer.” In English, the verb (what’s being done) follows the subject. If there is an object (the receiver of the action), it comes after the verb.
Here are some examples:
- Lebo brushed the cat.
- The cat liked Lebo.
- I did not like the cat.
Say it: pa·le·on·tol·o·gy
Definition: The study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms.
Synonyms: excavator, archaeologian, prehistorian
Example: If your basement is filled with fossils found while out on hikes, then you’re an amateur paleontologist.
Say it: non·cha·lant
Definition: (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
Synonyms: indifferent, cool, calm, casual, detached, careless, laid-back
Example: He gave a nonchalant shrug
Say it: kuh-kof-uh-nee
Definition: a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.
Synonyms: din, racket, noise, discord, dissonance, discordance, caterwauling
Example: A cacophony of deafening alarm bells.
Say it: hy·per·bo·la
Definition: Asymmetrical open curve formed by the intersection of a circular cone with a plane at a smaller angle with its axis than the side of the cone.
Synonyms: arched, rounded line or object
Example: These keywords overlay a reflection hyperbola on the image and a cross noting where the object would be in distance-time space.
Say it: Kre·o·sot
Definition: A dark brown oil containing various phenols and other organic compounds, distilled from coal tar and used as a wood preservative.
Synonyms: process, treat
Example: The use of a creosote on a wooden fence.
Say it: an·eu·rism
Definition: An excessive localized swelling of the wall of an artery.
Example: The patients had aneurysm in his face after the car accident.