What is a present participle? Why are they overused? And what exactly is the difference between a gerund and a gerundive?
In this 9-minute audio blog, we look at the unexpected effect all those “-ing” words are having on your copywriting, and show how you can replace vague sentiments with clear, effective titles.
Give it a listen, to learn:
- What a present participle is—and why you’re almost certainly using them too much
- The best alternatives to woolly word choices
- Why no one in their right mind cares what a gerundive is anyway
“Looks like we got ourselves a reader…”
If you’d rather read the full text of Fiona’s original blog post in all its unadulterated glory, here’s Death to the present participle, or why “-ing” is not your friend in B2B headlines.
Alternatively, if you prefer a longer listen, try our monthly discussion podcast Good Copy, Bad Copy: the B2B Copywriting Podcast.
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Audio editing: Bang and Smash
Title music: “Chinny Reckon” by the Nye Bevans