5 verbs to up your writing


The verbs I’m going to share in this post are very popular in the media, academic journals, press releases, reports and other sources where writers are required to adhere to an academic style.

If you’re looking for Spoken English verbs, such as ‘blow, suck, catch up or others, this is probably not the post for you. However, if you need to present a report to your boss or write an academic article, or show off your English — these verbs are indispensable.

Address — this is the king of all verbs. If you want to say that you’ll try to deal with a problem or a situation, do something to improve it — address — is the verb to use. Let’s see the examples:

  • The conference will address the problems of Global Warming
  • The President promised to address the problem of unemployment

In the above examples, — address — means a solution will be found, or at least, an attempt will be made to find a solution to tackle the problem.

Trigger — everyone knows the noun from this word, which is the part of a gun that you pull to make a gunshot. Well, it is also a perfect verb that you may use to ‘make something happen’ or to cause something’. In analogy with the gun, trigger means — lead to a particular result or cause something.

  • The smell of blood may trigger the memories of the war
  • The news of his death triggered more violence

Yield produce a result, usually a positive one. As a matter of fact, yield — does not have to end with — results — you may use it with word combinations, such as yield evidence, benefits, a solution, a profit etc. Let us look at some of the examples to get an idea of how to use this verb.

  • The search for new methods is beginning to yield fruitful results
  • The knowledge of history may yield solutions to some of our problems
  • He made a number of wise investments which eventually yielded a high profit/return.

Encounter Personally, I love this verb. I simply adore it. Instead of using ‘meet’ or ‘face’ your writing will be more sophisticated if you opt for ‘encounter’ instead of the above mentioned verbs. Keep in mind that you need to use –encounter — without a preposition — encounter something. You may either encounter something that you need to deal with, for instance a problem.

  • We encountered several problems during the beta release
  • If you are planning voice your idea, be ready to encounter opposition

You may also use this verb when you are talking about meeting something for the first time, something unexpected.

  • He claims he has encountered spirits when living in an old house
  • You should be prepared to encounter any type of weather if you decide to go hiking in the woods

Transcend — A great verb. Use it, and you’ll be complemented for your breadth of vocabulary. Transcend means to step over the bounds, to go further or rise above something. To extend the boundaries. Just like –encounter — transcend does not require a preposition either.

Let us look at the examples:

  • The aim of this meditation practice is to transcend fear
  • If we all want peace, we need to transcend our political differences

These five verbs are just a drop in the deep sea of the English vocabulary. If you have your favorite verbs, which you think may up one’s writing game, share them in comments!


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