"Find and Replace" vs. "To Be" Verbs

"To Be, or not to be, that is the question" (Shakespeare)
Not Another "to be," that is the answer! (De Rosa)

Replace these flat, lifeless, boring, YAWN-YAWN words with interesting, action-packed verbs.

List of to be verbs:

Am
Are
Is
 Was
Were
Be
Become
Became
 
Examples of transformation from lame to powerful!
to be
NOT to be, PLEASE!
will be different
will differ
is interesting to me
interests me
the first step is for the editor to find
he editor must first identity
to insure that the project is doable
to insure the project's feasibility
this paper is an analysis of leadership
this paper analyzes leadership skills
this is a caricature of Donald Duck
this comic strip caricatures Donald Duck
this is important to the project because
its importance stems from


Use the Find & Replace Strategy on Microsoft Word

Before you make changes, go under "FILE" and choose "SAVE AS." Give your document A NEW NAME, so that if disaster strikes, you still have your original.

1. On the strip that runs across the top of your word processing program, find the EDIT option.

2. Choose REPLACE.

3. In the FIND WHAT box, type one of the to be verbs.  Then, make sure you but a check mark in the "FIND WHOLE WORDS ONLY" option box

4. In the REPLACE WITH box, type the same to be verb you entered in the "Find what" box.  Then, in the "format" option (on the bottomn of the screen), choose HIGHLIGHT (make sure you've chosen a color in the highlight feature.)

5. Now press REPLACE ALL.

REPEAT this press for each  "to be" verb (see list above).

WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED THE ABOVE PROCEDURE, go back to your text. Look for the highlighted text. Revise the sentences for more active verbs.  Ask for help if you need it.