Why are camouflaged verbs bad for business communication?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a good question. Let me start with the definition of a camouflaged verb. A camouflaged verb is a verb that has been made into a noun by adding a noun ending, such as "-ion." Another name for this process in linguistics is called nominalization.

Let me give you a two examples:

  • We are in anticipation for good results in view of the talented players on the team.
  • Could be: We anticipate a good result in view of the talented players on the team.
  • We are in the process of fabrication of clothing in a factory.
  • Could be: We fabricate the clothing in a factory.

The first sentences are an example of camouflaged verbs. The second sentences simply use verbs.

In light of these examples, it is clear why camouflaged words are never good for business communication. It is long-winded way of speaking and writing. At times it is not very clear. Effective business communication demands a simple subject/verb/object pattern.


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