Tool 6 ~ Take it easy on the -ings.

I don’t think I have ever thought about what happens to a sentence when there a lot of -ings, but now that Clark mentions “it takes on a progressive sense,” I understand (31).

“Prefer the simple present or the past.”

Clark insists there is nothing wrong or bad about using -ing verbs, like there is something inherently repulsive (most of the time) with using passive voice. Rather, he thinks too much is too much. A well placed -ing verb can spice up a paragraph of simple past or present verbs.

It is only a problem when overused. So use them sparingly. Use them beautifully.


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