Hi, I'm Ray Evans. I'm a certified copyeditor and proofreader.
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Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round, because today we're going to dive into the thrilling world of...
wait for it... verbs! I know, I know, you're on the edge of your seat, but try to contain your excitement.
You might just learn how to make your writing more dynamic, engaging, and so awe-inspiring,
readers won't be able to put your book down.
Now, let's start by discussing verb tense.
I mean, who doesn't love discussing the past, present, and future? It's like a high school reunion, but
for your verbs. Your verb tense sets the stage for your story, determining whether your readers feel
like they're right there in the action or listening to grandpa's tale about walking uphill both ways in
Are you writing about something that happened back when bell-bottoms were in style? Use the past
tense! Need to describe a present situation, like the feeling of sweet relief when the barista finally calls
your name for that triple-shot espresso? Present tense is your ticket. And if you want to transport your
reader to a utopian future where automated robots have taken over proofreading (gasp!), the future
tense will be your trusty companion.
The age-old battle between active and passive voice.
Now, let's tackle the age-old battle between active and passive voice.
In one corner, we have the active voice – the Chuck Norris of sentence construction, kicking butt and
taking names with its direct, forceful action.
The passive voice, on the other hand, sits in the shadows, quietly weaving its web of ambiguity like a
But you know what? Even the passive voice has its place in the world, just like a well-timed dad joke
at the dinner table. The key is knowing when to unleash the action hero or employ the subtle
For example, let's say you're writing a gripping thriller. Which sentence hits you harder: "The spy
chased the villain through the streets" or "The villain was chased through the streets by the spy"? If
you picked the first one, congratulations! You've just experienced the adrenaline rush of the active
If you're ever doing self-editing and unsure if you're using active or passive voice, you can just apply
the zombie test below to figure it out quickly! ⏬
Now that we've covered the basics, let's dive into some verb-boosting tips and tricks that will turn your writing into a literary fireworks display.