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    Hemingway App

    Hi,

    I'm using Hemingway App to check my reports. It keeps telling me to " adverb remove it " when ever I use one. Is that normal ? Why should I not use adverbs ?!


    Hemingway App Link : http://www.hemingwayapp.com/


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    Re: Hemingway App

    Welcome to the forum, EMHM.

    The instruction 'Adverbs are helpfully shown in blue. Get rid of them and pick verbs with force instead' is really quite ridiculous, especially as they used an adverb there themselves. Ignore it.

    It makes me wonder about the usefulness of the rest of the app.

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    Re: Hemingway App

    Hemingway wrote in a concise style which is noted for its short words and lack of flowery speech. I suppose this is where the idea that he didn't use adverbs comes from. In any case, you've chosen an app that purports to tell you how to write like Hemingway. If you read the accompanying documentation, it will probably explain why it tells you to reconsider adverbs.

    In fact I just did a quick search of The Old Man and the Sea. There are 328 words with 'ly' in them, and a brief survey shows about half to be adverbs.

    PS: Rover, 'helpfully' is highlighted in that sentence. It was inserted there to make the point.

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    Re: Hemingway App

    Eons ago, I once had a Creating Writing instructor advise us to avoid adjectives, and demonstrate with adverbs, so there you go.


    I would say that both the Hemingway App instructions and my instructor's advice are stylistic opinions rather than factual grammatical rules.

    i do kind of agree with the comments regarding verb selection (also echoed by that old instructor), but again that's opinion, not fact.
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    Re: Hemingway App

    English would be totally boring without adjectives and adverbs.

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    Re: Hemingway App

    It would, but they are sometimes over-used by learners, who feel that shoving lots into a sentence shows their vocabulary and is a good idea. However, waging war on them is as bad as the grammar checks that tell you to remove all passive verbs.

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