Creative Writing


A Cat Hides under the Bed

Describing a place might seem easy, but there are pitfalls for the beginning writer. For instance, student writers often write sentences such as these:

What makes these sentences dull is the over-reliance on the linking verb "is" (and its many variations).

Linking Verbs
  • is
  • am
  • are
  • was
  • were
  • has been
  • have been

Linking verbs are weak, and such sentences can often be improved by replacing them with stronger verbs (and personifying the subject, if necessary).

Instructions for the Quiz

Complete each sentence by choosing the stronger verb. (In other words, do not choose the linking verb.)