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Writers Workshop: 25 Common Word Alternatives

Ever sit down to write a sim and find yourself stuck for words? Read through what you’ve written and realise that you tend to use the same words over and over again?

Below you’ll find a list of alternatives to 25 common words to spice up your writing. Let us know how it goes in the Writing Improvement Forum.

Angry:
Irate, enraged, touchy, cross, resentful, indignant, infuriated, wound up, worked up, seething, raging, heated, bitter, bad tempered, offended, frustrated

Bad:
Awful, lousy, poor, unacceptable, crummy, dreadful, rough, inferior, substandard, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, defective

Beautiful:
Striking, stunning, magnificent, lovely, charming, gorgeous, radiant, dazzling

Big:
Massive, huge, giant, gigantic, enormous, large, colossal, immense, bulky, tremendous, hefty, sizeable, extensive, great, substantial

Change:
Alter, transform, replace, diversify, adjust, adapt, modify, remodel, vary, evolve, transfigure, redesign, refashion, advance, transition, shift, adjustment

Easy:
Effortless, simple, clear, smooth, straightforward, uncomplicated, painless, accessible, apparent, basic, plain, child’s play, facile, elementary, cinch

Fast:
Agile, brisk, rapid, nimble, swift, accelerated, fleeting, high speed, active, dashing, winged, hurried, turbo

Fine:
Satisfactory, worthy, respectable, exquisite, suitable, well, imposing, decent, admirable, praise worthy, decent

Funny:
Comical, ludicrous, amusing, droll, entertaining, absurd, hilarious, silly, whimsical, hysterical, joking, witty, facetious, slapstick, side splitting, knee slapping

Get:
Acquire, obtain, receive, gain, earn, gather, collect, buy, purchase, attain, score, secure, take possession of, grab

Give:
Grant, donate, hand out, present, provide, deliver, hand over, offer, award, bestow, supply with, contribute to, send, entrust

Go:
Move, proceed, advance, progress, travel, walk, journey, depart, exit, flee, make one’s way, clear out, get underway

Good:
Acceptable, wonderful, exceptional, positive, brilliant, first rate, notable, stellar, favourable,
superb, marvellous, prime

Happy:
Cheerful, delighted, pleased, content, amused, thrilled, elated, thrilled, ecstatic, on cloud 9

Interesting:
Noteworthy, thought provoking, fascinating, attracting, appealing, attention grabbing, captivating, gripping, invigorating, engrossing, engaging, electrifying

Know:
Understand, comprehend, realise, learn, perceive, recognise, grasp, sense

Look:
Glance, fixate, observe, stare, gaze, peer, scan, watch, study, browse, eye, glimpse, review, inspect

Nice:
Lovely, superior, pleasant, satisfying, delightful, likeable, agreeable, correct, adequate, swell, fair, okay, approved

Old:
Aged, ancient, matured, elderly, senior, veteran, decrepit, seasoned, venerable, past one’s prime, doddering, senile

Really:
Genuinely, truly, honestly, actually, undoubtedly, certainly, remarkably, incredibly, downright, unquestionably, extremely

Sad:
Miserable, gloomy, devastated, down at heart, distraught, distressed, dispirited, sorrowful, downcast, feeling blue, desolate

Shocked:
Taken aback, lost for words, flabbergasted, staggered, outraged, astonished, astounded, stunned, speechless, appalled

Small:
Tiny, petite, mini, miniature, microscopic, minuscule, compact, pocket sized, cramped, puny, undersized, limited, meager, modest, minute, pint sized

Think:
Ponder, reflect, conceive, imagine, contemplate, consider, determine, realise, visualise, guess/assume, conclude, envision

Very:
Extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, immensely, tremendously, abundantly, particularly, remarkably

About Jarred Thoran

Jarred Thoran is currently the Executive Officer of the USS Columbia. His real name is Richard, and his interests include sci-fi, cycling and taekwondo. He currently lives in Germany with his partner and young child.
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