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    writing, how to choose between synonyms?

    Hi, I don't know if it is the right place to ask this or it should be asked in the writing sectiong. Please let me know.



    recently, as my vocabulary is developing, it is becoming more and more complicating for me to pick between different synonyms for a meaning when I am writing something.


    Example:

    She stood silently at the window.
    she stood taciturnly at the window?
    She stood mutely at the window.
    She stood wordlessly at the window.
    .............

    Could you please tell me what differences you feel in the meaning?

    I do check the dictionary but still I can not figure out what word should I use. I wanted to know is there a way? Someone told me that there is a way taught to the Gre students to learn the root of the words. I wanted to know if there is such a way and if so how Can I learn it.

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    Re: writing, how to choose between synonyms?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    She stood silently at the window.
    She was not speaking.
    she stood taciturnly at the window?
    same word in Spanish or Italian. this means to be incommunicative or even sad or melacolic. Somebody who does not want to talk.
    She stood mutely at the window.
    I would consider this a strange use. He sat mutely beside her...like when he has no words to express himself.

    She stood wordlessly at the window.
    I was struck wordless a moment ago by an answer of another forer. Also used as unable to speak (in this case of shock)

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    Re: writing, how to choose between synonyms?

    Thank you. How should I learn these? by experience?


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    Re: writing, how to choose between synonyms?

    I support your question. How should we learn this?


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    Re: writing, how to choose between synonyms?

    As a native speaker, the only one of the list I would expect to hear or read would be:

    She stood silently at the window.

    All the others feel awkward and contrived.

    Unfortunately, there's no easy rule to apply when choosing adverbs like this. I'm afraid it takes cultural knowledge to make the right choices and you only get that with experience. My advice would be to keep it simple and wherever possible, use words and phrases you've heard or read elsewhere.

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