How can I word this statement better?"The author MAKES the character show different qualities." I think I need a better word to replace "make" to make the statement sound better.
I think what you are struggling with in this statement is word order. It grammatically works, but you sound like you might be in the process of editing and revising. I always want to make what I say more specific, more precise, and I want it to demonstrate strong word economy.
- The author ___________ a variety of qualities in the character, ____________.
In your first blank, use this list to determine a very specific verb to use. In the second blank, list the actual character's name.
Each of these are stronger verbs than the MAKE that you were trying to use. As an English teacher myself, when I see students move away from using do, have, is, are, make, give and a few other verbs that apply to many situations, I am then able to see them use their vocabulary to its fullest potential.
I do not think there is necessarily anything wrong with the way you have put this. But I suppose you could use any one of the following wordings:
- The author has the character show different qualities
- The author writes the character in such a way that (s)he shows different qualities.
- The characters' actions and words show different qualities.
- The way that the author portrays the character shows different qualities.
- The author causes the character to show different qualities.
- The character shows different qualities (and never mind putting the author in there.