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Often there is a perfectly good verb buried in a noun, especially words ending in -tion, -ison, -ment, -ence, -ance, -ity.  These are easy to spot and revise.  Consider, for example, this sentence:  "After the scientists undertook a study of the fossils, they made a change in their theory."  This sentence is wordy and cumbersome.  Consider this version:  "After the scientists studied the fossils, they changed their theory."  Note the difference?  The verb studied replaces the noun phrase "undertook a study of" and the verb changed replaces the noun phrase "made a change." Noun forms require extra words that weigh down your sentences.  So, rather... Continued