Smothered Verbs Exercise (31)

Each of the following sentences includes a smothered verb; revise the sentences as necessary for conciseness:

Answers and Explanations

A smothered verb is the verb form of a noun or a gerund that could replace a verbose phrase in which another verb is followed by that noun or gerund.

1.
Original: They gave consideration to funding the project.
Correct : They considered funding the project.

2.
Original: There are numerous artifacts still in existence.
Correct : Numerous artifacts exist.

3.
Original: I provide a brief summary of the report below.
Correct : I summarize the report below.

4.
Original: We provided an explanation for the breach in protocol.
Correct : We explained the breach in protocol.

5.
Original: She was able to survive the ordeal.
Correct : She survived the ordeal.

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