207 – Adverbs, Why All the Hate?


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For a lot of people, “adverbs” mean all those pesky words ending in “-ly” that tell rather than show, but it turns out there’s more. A lot more. Would you believe it if we told you that a huge junk of our words are in fact adverbs, maybe even a majority of them? Well that’s what we’re talking about today, starting with an in-depth look at what exactly adverbs are. From there, we discuss why so many writers seem to hate them, how they can best be used, and when you really should cut them out.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

On Writing

The Elements of Style

Stranger Than Fiction

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