This week, I’ve been edit­ing a the­sis for a master’s stu­dent. One thing I noticed dur­ing my edit­ing was that this stu­dent seemed to have a pref­er­ence for the phrase “look at”.

I’ve talked before about replac­ing prepo­si­tion­al phras­es with sin­gle words. This post is spe­cif­ic about alter­na­tives you can use for “look at”. The handy thing about this phrase in par­tic­u­lar is that there are lots of alter­na­tives.

Here are just 5:

  1. Inves­ti­gate
  2. Study
  3. Research
  4. Explore
  5. Exam­ine

These aren’t the only options either. You can prob­a­bly use any syn­onym you can find for these words.

Repeat­ed­ly using the same phrase or word keeps your writ­ing stale. If you reg­u­lar­ly replace them with alter­na­tives, on the oth­er hand, you fresh­en your writ­ing and engage your read­er.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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