What effect do strong adjectives and verbs have on writing?

I have to research on Winston Churchill's speech: We shall fight on the beaches.
If you can relate to the speech it would be better.

1 Answer

They involve the reader and listener more.


For Example, these three paragraphs, are much more desciptive and invovled than the last three, because they use stong adjectives and verbs.


"John only took three more breaths. Only three. And Sherlock counted them. He counted each one and noted how long each of them lasted. He timed them in his lonely hour, until nothing but silence accompanied him.

Sherlock tried to ignore the terrible feeling that rose up in his stomach, as if maggots were burrowing into his gut. He struggled to ignore the thousands of thoughts that raced through his mind and fell from the roof of that building and shattered, alone and decrepit on that cobblestone street. He desperately ignored the pounding against his chest from the heart that he didn’t have; from the heart he didn’t want.

Never did he realise, that when his skull split and his breath ceased and his heart refused to pump, did he awaken again, mended and stitched; worn and feeble. And as a new person, as a new life."


"John took three more breaths, and Sherlock counted them until nothing but silence accompanied him.

Sherlock tried to ignore the feeling that rose up from his stomach, and the thousands of thoughts that race through his mind. He tried to ignore the pounding of his heart against his chest.

He didn't realise that when he died did he awaken as a new person."

You get the same message, but it's not as involved and nice to read as the one with strong adjectives and verbs. Same thing with Winston's speech. When you listen (or read) it, it doesn't sound as nice without the powerful adjectives and verbs.

You will probably get the same message without them, but in the end, it gets the listener/reader more involved and helps them care about what you're trying to get across.