Find overused words

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The Overused Words Finder helps you find overused words in your writing. The manuscript editor compares the frequency of usage of certain commonly overused words to a selection of published fiction. The overused words are highlighted in your text for easy identification. But just remember this is just a guide sometimes the best writing come from ignoring this guidance. Just think of the famous: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" some might say that 'was' is overused, but they would be wrong.

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There are a variety of different types of overused words shown by the manuscript editor. Words that are overused compared to published fiction are highlighted in red, along with a count of their appearances and a suggestion of the number that you should remove. There are a number of words which are commonly overused. Examples are: have/had, feel/felt/feeling, it/there, knew/know, just/then, maybe, smell/taste, watch/notice/observe, (was/were - the dreaded passive voice). These are words that we use all the time when we speak but if we want our writing to stand out we need to not overuse them on the page. Note this doesn't mean eliminate, just not overuse. These are the words that we fall back on when we're lacking inspiration. Targeting sentences containing overused words for re-writing will help improve your writing.

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  • Chloe Davis says
    Oooh. I understand now. Thanks!
    Posted On Mar 09, 2013 | 09:37
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  • kukui1 says
    pronouns
    Posted On May 11, 2013 | 08:55
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    • Haifa A M says
      Thanks indeed
      Posted On Nov 14, 2013 | 09:26
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  • Phil Phoenix says
    I wish I'd heard of this site before - Phil Phoenix
    Posted On Jan 24, 2014 | 10:23
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    • covert mass says
      Why does it say Very Good when I have 36 "that"s? Isn't that too much?
      Posted On Mar 07, 2014 | 02:11
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  • Brian Brown says
    You explained why words are highlighted in RED, but what about the other colors? I see green, blue, purple, etc.
    Posted On Mar 27, 2014 | 04:37
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  • Adile Drew says
    Your comment This is great but does Prowriting Aid make recommendations to use other words?
    Posted On Apr 09, 2015 | 03:05
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  • Zhakaw says
    It's the best software I have ever seen.
    Posted On Apr 23, 2015 | 08:24
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  • Michael GOuker says
    You should add "turn/turned/turning" and "face/faced/facing".
    Posted On Aug 27, 2015 | 08:47
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  • keevers.driver says
    Does this include "ing" words?
    Posted On Oct 13, 2015 | 11:18
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  • Linda Harper Shimmins says
    Steven King once said, "The road to hell is paved with adverbs" but I say they are paved with prepositions too!" Linda Harper
    Posted On Jan 19, 2016 | 04:27
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  • markup21 says
    J.K. Rowling broke all the 'rules' repeatedly and is a billionaire.
    Posted On Apr 08, 2016 | 11:16
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