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Active Verbs
Note of Caution: Only use the verbs you’re familiar with unless you take the time to examine the definition in the dictionary. This is NOT a list of synonyms. Each word has specific usage patterns that are unique to its meaning.

Literary Essay
Alludes to
Attests
Clarifies
Confirms
Conveys
Denotes
Depicts
Determines
Displays
Emphasizes
Entails
Establishes
Exemplifies
Explains
Exposes
Expounds
Highlights
Hints
Illustrates
Implies
Connotes
Indicates
Portrays
Represents
Reveals
Shows
Signifies
Substantiates
Suggests
Typifies
Underscores

Report or Persuasive Essay that refers to an expert’s opinion or research studies

Analyzes
Assumes
Concludes
Confirms
Considers
Construes
Deduces
Deliberates
Demonstrates
Examines
Explores
Identifies
Imparts
Indicates
Maintains
Manifests
Misconstrues
Observes
Perceives
Pinpoints
Presumes
Questions
Reasons
Refers
Remarks
Scrutinizes
Speculates
Substantiates
Supports
Supposes
Theorizes
Upholds
Validates
Verifies

Report or Persuasive Essay that describes beginnings, causes, effects, etc.
Advances
Affects
Compels
Discovers
Empowers
Forces
Generates
Ignites
Impacts
Imposes
Incites
Includes
Influences
Initiates
Initiates
Commences
Instigates
Introduces
Involves
Kindles
Launches
Leads to
Presents
Pressures
Promotes
Prompts
Provokes
Results in
Sparks
Stimulates
Triggers
Yields

Persuasive Essay that refers to the possibilities of what ideas can do, create, or assist with

Accomplishes
Achieves
Aids
Alleviates
Ameliorates
Assembles
Assists
Attains
Attempts
Augments
Builds
Constructs
Delivers
Develops
Discourages
Emits
Encourages
Engenders
Enhances
Enriches
Establishes
Expands
Facilitates
Grants
Improves
Increases
Manufactures
Offers
Produces
Progresses
Provides
Reaches
Supplies
Transforms

Report or Persuasive Essay that involves laws or legal proposals
Authorizes
Allows
Permits
Sanctions
Licenses
Documents
Consents
Forbids
Prohibits
Disallows
Endorses
Bans
Secures
Guarantees
Bars
Outlaws
Inhibits
Hinders
Prevents
Precludes
Thwarts
Averts
Defends
Protects
Safeguards
Guards
Neglects

@темы: Writing, Vocabulary, English, ESL