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Adverb Usability

Adverbs are an important part of speech, and can be very useful in setting the tone of voice for a piece of writing. However, too many adverbs can make a piece of writing sound cluttered and can be a turn-off for readers. For this reason, it is important to use adverbs judiciously.

When it comes to adverbs, less is often more. A good rule of thumb is to limit the use of adverbs to no more than 50 per 1,000 words. This will ensure that your writing sounds clear and concise, and that your message comes across loud and clear.

So, the next time you sit down to write, keep this tip in mind. A few well-placed adverbs can go a long way in making your writing more effective. But, as with anything, moderation is key.

As we seen how overused adverbs can weak your writing, there is one more rule which all the best selling book authors try and follow,

  • Percentage of adverbs per 1000 words is between 30 – 50 then there are minor improvements which writers will have to do and reduce it to less than 30
  • Percentage of adverbs per 1000 words is more than 50 then there are overused adverbs which writers can remove or use and alternative keywords to create a meaningful sentence

The report provides a list of adverbs used per 1000 words sequentially and shows relevant, average and excessive usage with the colors green, orange and red respectively.

Authors can reduce the usage of adverbs from each block of 1000 words which are highlighted in orange and red color to improve the readability and quality of the manuscripts.