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Can anyone think of three more complicated words that are in a much more (or extremely)...

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seerboldly | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted July 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM via web

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Can anyone think of three more complicated words that are in a much more (or extremely) negative tone to replace the words, "realize" and "absence" in the phrase "he realizes an absence of the"?



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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM (Answer #1)

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Without konwing a larger context of this line, I'll offer a few ways to change the phrase without changing the meaning too much. 

  • ...he acknowledges a lack of...
  • ...he (sharply) feels a need of...
  • ...he sees a poverty of...
  • ...he confirms an (unwelcome) void in...
  • ...he is aware of a severe lack of...
  • ...he registers a destitution of...

You might also consider playing with some common binaries like light/shadow, substance/vaccuum, etc.

It may be worthwhile to make the point that "more complicated" often does not equate to "better" when it comes to terminology and word choice. Qualifying the term you are looking for as more negative is sensible - you are going for a tone - but as any teacher will warn, choosing words according to their obscurity or syllable count can easily backfire, making the writing seem less intelligent. 


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