Well let's face it. Using just your usual
'One fine day' or 'she said' is not going to impress the reader, or worst still, the marker.
Help yourself secure a better grade by making
use of the list of vocabulary here.
But of course the catch is that you have
got to apply them appropriately.
Do away with dull openings like “One day ”. Instead try one of these for an early morning.
1.The radiant rays of the morning sun filtered through the canopy of leaves.
2.The early morning sun shone upon his weather-beaten face. There was a hive of activity
in the block as housewives went about their morning errands.
3.The bright morning sun brought light and life to the city/ village.
4.The early morning sun peeped through/ between the mountains/ hills as it left the
5.The brilliant rays of the morning sun shone right through the curtains.
6.The shimmering blue sea was like myriads of diamonds as the morning sun shone/ played
7.The sky was a delightful expanse of blue, dotted with magnolia white clouds.
8.The sky was a delightful expanse of azure blue. The clouds had no place in the morning
sun where the majestic sun reigned supreme.
9.The pearly/ white light of pre-dawn was peeping through the grey clouds. It was a
sunrise to behold as the orange hues merged with the pale pink shades.
10.The warm rays of the morning sun caressed the chubby cheeks of the cheerful children
as the morning breeze tossed their raven-black hair.
11.The warm beams of the morning sun filtered through the heavily-barred window of the
cold prison cell to greet the occupant who stood up to rush into their embrace.
12.Come weal or woe, it was the start of another new day.
Do away with dull openings like “One afternoon ”. Instead try one of these for .
1.The scorching/ merciless sun at beat upon the backs of the pedestrians as they braved the heat to get to a cool spot to eat their meal.
2.The sun at was high
in the sky, casting my shrunken shadow on the hard ground.
3.The sun beat
upon the weather-beaten face and time-ravaged body of the poor farmer.
4.The mind-numbing heat of the afternoon sun made its lazy way into the drowsy, sleep-filled atmosphere of the classroom.
I struggled to keep my mind awake and not succumb to the hypnotic, sleep-inducing tones of my history teacher.
5.The vicious sun shone relentlessly on its victims below, scorching both the
earth and the exposed backs of the labourers.
Do away with dull openings like “One evening/ night ”. Instead try one of these for evenings and nights.
1.The evening sun beckoned me home after a brain-storming session in school/ at work.
2.The splendid sunset had us spellbound as we watching the sinking of the huge ball of fire amidst the splashes of warm
hues of red, orange and yellow. Such was the splendour and grandeur of the sunset.
3.Glorious Sun dimmed his light to let shy Lady Moon step out to take his place. His golden robe faded into the distance
to make way for her glowing gown.
4.The moon was high in the sky, shrouded by misty grey clouds.
5.Beneath the silvery moon, the distant owl hooted hauntingly. The silhouettes of the branches resembled ghostly limbs.
6.The ominous moon seemed to be in cahoots with the nocturnal creatures.
7.The moon lost its place in the night sky as the blanket of darkness descended on the town.
8.Darkness had earlier descended like a big blanket, as though the stage was being set after the curtains
closed. The country was swathed in utter darkness save for the twinkling of a few stars scattered in the wide expanse of the
9.The moon had no place in the night sky which was studded with stars.
10.Lady Moon dimmed her light in much the same way as Florence Nightingale did, with the assurance that
she would pass that way again. How comforting the thought !
11.The swirling wind picked up some loose dirt and scattered it all over the stone pavement and my feet. I quickened my
pace and wrapped my hands around my shoulders. It was nearing .
Instead of the so-boring word “said”, try these words as substitutes in your writing.
Words & Phrases Describing Sad Feelings
Rubbed her eyes till they
Said in between her sobs
Another sob escaped her throat
She could not keep her tears
Tears streamed/ rolled down
Her heart was filled with
sadness/ sorrow/ despair
he closed his eyes and dwelled in disappointment
Said in a sad and pitiful
She could no longer control
her own emotions
Her heart felt as if a sharp
knife had slashed it into pieces
I took one look at her tear-streaked
face and knew at once something was terribly wrong
She was on the verge of tears/
on the verge of breaking down soon
a look of pain seared across his wrinkled face as a lone
tear trickled down his cheeks
He cried until his voice
Her cheerful mood changed
when she received the bad news
With a heavy heart, he disclosed
the bad news to the family
I closed my eyes and prayed
hard for a miracle to happen
Her heart went out to the
After the tragedy, he decided
to face up to reality and dragged himself to work
Cold sweat formed on her
tears welled up in his soft brown eyes, forming a blanket
Tears welled up in her eyes as she related how the tragedy
no words could describe the hurt and anguish
that had been inflicted upon him
his watery blue eyes were puffy and bloodshot
from previous nights of crying himself to sleep
blinked away the tears that stung my eyes
broke down and cried, releasing the torrents of tears that
I had tried so much to keep back
a mist of tears blurred my eyes
heart welled up like a tight balloon with guilt and sorrow
buried his face in his hands, and soft sobbing sounds began
to emerge from him
deep pools of emerald eyes, usually dancing with life and
vivacity now lay dull and empty as she gazed off at the night sky
I could hold back no longer, the dam that kept my tears
back sprang a leak
tears scalded my eyelids, so much that blinking became
Words & Phrases Describing Happy Feelings
Her face was beaming with
She has a sunny smile across
He was as happy as a lark
No words could describe his
Her happiness/ elation knew
She was crying tears of happiness/
He was grinning from ear
She chorused as she danced
around the room
On hearing the good news,
everyone crowded around him to offer their congratulations
He felt as if a heavy load
had been lifted off his back
Then reality set in and he
gave an enormous whoop of joy
A sense of exhilaration overcame
him as he pranced about exclaiming wildly
He made no effort to hide
The ecstatic boy was a happy
sight to behold, with his sparkling eyes and bubbly enthusiasm
I was so jubilant that I could not stay still, but kept
prancing about in the room
Her eyes glittered with joyful
expectation as she opened the gift
experiencing sensations of
Words & Phrases Describing Fear, Despair
worry wrapped itself around him like a heavy blanket
icy hand clutching his heart
tried to swallow the cries that sought to emerge from his
a stab of fear pierced through his body
stood immobile as her body was seized by fear
eyes dilated in terror
fear gripped his heart
a monstrous terror seized him and his pulse pulsated, pumping
ice-cold dread into every capillary of his body
streams of perspiration outlined his trembling jaw
intense and immense fear gripped me as terrible thoughts
raced through my mind
fear coursed through my veins
muscles shivered periodically with beads of perspiration
trickling down the nape of her neck
fear sizzled and spread around my body like a powerful
my heart pounded loudly, in fact, it sounded like a thousand
drummers in unison, starting a funeral march
terror was mounting rapidly within me
a mixture of anxiety and terror
pale and shaken
her voice trembled with the pain of vexation and chagrin
his face began to take on the pallor of nausea
his eyebrows were deeply knit and his mouth slightly ajar
in his agony
She held her breath in trepidation
She sank into her chair in
Her knees were shaking slightly
and her fingers were trembling uncontrollably
Beads of perspiration formed
on his forehead
Words & Phrases Describing Anger
mouth dropped open in soundless shock
veins protruding and his heart palpitating very fast
angry words fell from his quivering lips
vexed with him
the fire in him raged, spreading from his heart all the
way down to his limbs
eyes flashed scarlet and his face was apoplectic with fury
and there was a bright redness on the tips of his ears
thoughts of revenge blazed through his mind
narrowing his eyes into slits
snarled through gritted teeth
steam escaped from my nostrils, sending a tinge of anger
knotting in the pit of my stomach
quivered with fury
while the muscles on her body were tensed for an onslaught
they stared up at her, in forceful testimony
sharpness in her voice
her heart swelled in anger
She muttered something rude
under her breath
Words & Phrases Describing Fatigue
As he felt fatigue set into his body, he closed his weary
eyes, releasing himself to a deep sleep that a waited him
was sweating and panting apparently from having just come
in from the hot sun, his forehead beaded with perspiration
Words & Phrases Describing Embarrassment
went a deep shade of pink/ red
Her relief was mingled with
Words & Phrases Describing Malice, Hatred
yelled with spiteful glee
watched with mirthful malice
her pinched face took an expression of concentrated loathing
as her hand shot out to pick up the plate and bring it down resoundingly
with tight smiles of vindictive triumph
looked at him with predatory intensity
watching him with the lust of vengeance
Words & Phrases Describing Other Actions
On hearing the fire alarm,
the pupils dashed out like a swarm of bees
He thrust out his hand and
demanded for protection money
He plucked up courage and
Without hesitation, he confessed
to being the mastermind of the whole scheme
On hearing that he was responding
to the treatment, everyone heaved a sigh of relief
He was a wreck of a man, a skeleton, thin and dry as a
Minutes turned into hours/Minutes passed quickly
At this juncture/ At this
point in time/ At this moment
Her high-heeled shoes could
be heard from a distance
The teacher’s voice
boomed across the room
the aroma invaded his nostrils and made him salivate with
I was left incredulous that so audacious an act had deserved
so slight a punishment
threads of blood spat over his knee
The teacher shoved the paper into the face of the lazy
He was staring into the blank space, building castles in
the air as usual
He rattled on and on, unaware of the boredom of the people
At the ring of the dismissal bell, the pupils hurriedly
shoved their books into their bags and bolted out of the classroom
His hair was unkempt, his face unshaven and he looked as
if he had not slept for days
Silence filled the room as no one knew the answer to the
question posed by the teacher. Then the silence was broken by Tom
There was concern in her voice
The peace of the morning was spoilt by the noisy traffic
She was ready to go in a jiffy
He paced up and down the corridor while waiting for his
wife to deliver their first-born
All her efforts to make friends with the new pupil went
down the drain
The rays of the afternoon
sun streaked into the classroom/
The rays of the morning sun
streaked into my bedroom
No one dared to defy the
Her eyebrows were narrowed
in concentration and her lips were pressed together as she was busy pondering over the knotty problem
He glanced at his watch and
realised that it was already late
She beckoned me over mysteriously
The gang materialised in
front of her
Her heavy eyelids weighed
down heavily on her and she struggled to keep them open
After coming home from school,
I decided to take forty winks before starting on my homework