12 synonyms that will make you a better writer
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Instead of using “thing”
Thing is one of those nouns that is crucial, but also overused. It often shows up in writing as a placeholder for a range of ideas and objects that are indeterminate. Do you ever write things like “I have things to do or things on my mind?” When writing, see if you can use a more precise term in place of thing. Consider synonyms like “concern,” “element,” “concept,” “matter,” “situation,” “detail,” or “factor.” These synonyms elevate your writing. You’ll come across as more formal and exact. The word “thing” skews casual and laid-back.