- this (BAD)… => … to this (GOOD):
- by the destruction of => by destroying
- for the maximisation of => for maximising
- of the introduction of => of introducing
By making this change, we are simply turning a noun back into a verb. Verbs are more direct and less abstract than nouns. Many nouns ending in ‘-ion’ are simply verbs in disguise. They often occur in phrases like those below, where verbs would be clearer:
- carry out an evaluation of => evaluate
- hold an investigation of => investigate
- give consideration to => consider
There are other nouns that don’t end in ‘-ion’ but which are also verbs in disguise:
- conduct a review of => review
- perform an assessment of => assess
- effect a renewal of => renew
So we can make a document clearer by turning some nouns back into verbs:
- BAD: The practice of growing perennials instead of annual crops can bring about an improvement of soil quality by effecting an increase in soil cover.
- GOOD: Growing perennials instead of annual crops can improve soil quality by increasing soil cover.
Source: European Commission