English is a rich language with many different ways to express the same thing. One of the main reasons we use different words at different times is because it makes our writing more interesting.
Here’s a not very interesting example:
- Even though our sales figures increased, our costs increased too. Our headcount during the period increased, and we had an increase in payroll costs. We also had to pay a rent increase and the cost of electricity increased.
It’s rather dull to read, isn’t it?
- Even though our sales figures increased, our costs went up too. During the period we employed some additional staff, which led to a rise in our payroll costs. The landlord also hiked up our rent and the electricity company revised their fees upwards.
Now, I’m not saying that this second version is perfect, but it’s definitely more interesting to read.
The problem is, we’re often busy at work and can’t find the time to look up alternative words. In this post, and the next one, I’m going to give you some options so, when you are looking for a word to use, you can check the charts and quickly find an alternative.
These lists are not exhaustive. There are many more options. But they are a starting point, and might save you some time. In the next post we’ll look at some verbs.