Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Using direct, precise, and active verbs, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- "To be, or not to be: that is the question."…While Hamlet meant this in a philosophical sense,…writers can interpret it in a much more literal way.…The "To Be" Verbs, sometimes known as…linking verbs, are among the most commonly…used words in written English.…Sentences such as these use "to be" verbs.…Before we go any further, I want to…distinguish between "to be" verbs,…serving in their linking function, which we…should try to avoid and in their…helping function, which are perfectly ok.…
Notice in the first sentence here, that the word…that comes after the "are" is a noun, "models."…That means that the verb "are"…is linking the subject of the sentence, "students"…to the rest of the sentence, "models of good behavior."…In the second sentence, the word that comes after "are"…is an "-ing" form of a verb, known as a participle.…The "are" in this case is helping out the main verb,…in order to express an action that is ongoing,…"The students are modeling."…But even when "to be" verbs are serving…as linking verbs, they are not inherently bad…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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