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Nominalizations

(1) What do NOMINALIZATIONS look like?

The student came to the conclusion that she had conducted sufficient research when she made the determination that the same references kept appearing.

(2) Why are NOMINALIZATIONS problematic?

A nominalization is the use of a noun in place of a verb. Nominalizations create wordiness and weaken the energy of a sentence. Precise and tight writing avoids nominalizations. If you are facing a tight word/page limit for your writing project, eliminating nominalizations is crucial!

(3) How to fix NOMINALIZATIONS?

The student concluded that she had conducted sufficient research when she determined that the same references kept appearing.