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Sloppy Writing 101.30

September 21, 2012 by Suzi

Adverbs are usually included on the lists of words to avoid. So I thought I’d hit a few of them.


Sometimes I use eventually when I don’t need it. Actually, most of the time I use eventually, it is unnecessary. Here are my examples from The Proper Way to Say Goodbye.

-Most of them eventually quit trying
-I refused to answer and eventually shut it off.
-Luckily, she didn’t question my being gone all night and eventually stopped blabbering.
-I suppose they’ll eventually find out. (This was the only one I might consider leaving, but all others… delete)

I don’t overuse this word, but all the above cases it’s not in dialogue, and I really don’t need it.

So watch out for eventually.


  1. …I use eventually a lot, as well…. (oops) :) Eventually I’ll fix it 😉

  2. I don’t think I use it a lot, but I’ll be more vigilant of that word.

  3. Chloe Banks says:

    I use ‘actually’ too much in a similar manner.

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