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How can I rewrite this sentence to avoid cliched phrases and/or biased language? "Her...

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM via web

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How can I rewrite this sentence to avoid cliched phrases and/or biased language? "Her little brother was as destructive as a bull in a china shop."

I have to rewrite this sentence and provide an alternative for the cliched phrasing and/or biased language - could someone give me a hand please - thanks

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM (Answer #1)

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In this sentence, there is an example of a cliche, but not of biased writing.  The cliche here is the phrase "as a bull in a china shop."  That is the phrase that you need to change.  The phrase means that her little brother is extremely destructive.  He must tend to knock things over and cause a lot of damage.  I would say something like this: "Her little brother tended to cause a great deal of damage wherever he went."  This would have the same general idea, but would avoid using a cliche.

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