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"crucial importance"

Unread postby 3Rs » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:07 pm

One of my colleagues wrote that a matter was "of crucial importance" - and I really think she could have stopped at saying either crucial or important, but is it WRONG to write "of cruical importance"?

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word choice and lexical development...

Unread postby eric_p_m » Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:54 am

Dear 3Rs,

As you well know, an adjective modifies a noun. Grammatically, there is nothing incorrect about what you have found. On the other hand, stylistically speaking, the phrase reveals poor composition, indicating either poor lexical development or a lower education level.

Word choice is important since it shows bias, crucial for the deft writer, and fundamental for foreign language learners.

becomes...

Word choice is paramount, allowing deft foreign language learners to compose gracefully while wielding subtle bias.

In short, refrain from writing two poorly written words when one lexical term suffices. Here is your new best friend for creative writing:

http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/crucial


If you would like to learn more about effective composition, feel free to visit me and talk to me directly inside my on-line school.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

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