More Information on Nominalizations and Actions


Here is some more detailed information about nominalizations & actions. This is fairly undigested material, from the ENWR 380 packet; it's probably not a good idea to share these pages directly with students; better to explain the ideas to them. If you have questions about the material, please ask Jon or Greg.
 
What You Learned and What You Should Know

A Scale of Readability

First and Second Principles of a Clear and Direct Style

Some Vocabulary: Actions and Verbs

A New Term: Nominalization

A Word about the Passive Voice

Useful Nominalizations

Why Look at Verbs First

Problems with Too Many Nominalizations/ Example