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Nominalization Exercise


In each of the following pairs of sentences, the first sentence in wordy because of heavy nominalization. The second sentence, a revision of the first, needs a strong verb to replace the empty verbs resulting from nominalizations. Fill in each blank with an appropriate word.

  1. Determination of policy occurs at the managerial level.

    The manager _______________ policy.

  2. The discussion concerned a tax law.

    We _______________ a tax law.

  3. The auditor has no expectation that it will meet the deadline.

    The auditor does not _______________ it to meet the deadline.

  4. We conducted an investigation of it.

    We _______________ it.

  5. There was considerable confusion of the laws from the case.

    The case _______________ the laws considerably.


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