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Avoid nominalisations.


is a type of abstract noun - it is the name of something that isn't a physical object but a process, technique or emotion.

Nominalisations are formed from verbs. Here are some examples:

Why not use them?

The problem is that often they are used instead of the verbs they come from and, because they are merely the names of things, they sound as if nothing is actually happening in the sentence. Like passive verbs, too many of them make writing very dull and heavy-going.

Here are a few examples:

We made provision for unexpected events
We provided for unexpected events

We had a discussion about the matter.
We discussed the matter.

There will be a stoppage of trains by drivers.
Drivers will stop the trains.

As planned, the implementation of the method has been done by the AAT team.
The AAT team has implemented the method as planned.

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