Single-Word Verbs vs. Phrasal Verbs
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When writing, it’s important to consider tone and concision, and one way to influence them is through your choice of verbs.
Single-word verbs are often considered stronger than phrasal verbs (sometimes called multi-word verbs) because single-word verbs allow you to be more direct and concise in your writing. Most phrasal verbs are informal and conversational, but some are academic (e.g., lead to, result in, followed by). Sometimes a phrasal verb is more helpful if no single-word equivalent exists and if you want to be conversational in tone, so it’s important to learn how to use both forms.