Word families and noun phrases
People consume much more fast food today than they did 10 years ago.
Consumption of fast food has risen considerably in the last ten years.These two sentences have very similar meanings, but in the first a verb has been used, while in the second a noun has been used to express the same idea.To be an effective writer it is important to have choices about the way in which you express ideas, as this will enable you to re-structure information to show the relationships between ideas clearly and to convey your intended meaning with precision.In the next Step you are going to practise “rewriting” sentences, so that you develop a sense of how you can choose between expressing an idea through a verb phrase or a noun phrase.
An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study
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