Nominalizations

In English, a nominalization refers to the grammatical construct whereby a verb, adjective, or adverb functions as a noun. Examples:

Noun/Nominalization Verb, adjective, or adverb
ActionAct
AdministrationAdminister
CessationCease
InventionInvent
explorationexplore
justificationjustify

To avoid nominalizations, make sure to use more action verbs in your sentences. To do this, you should:

  1. Find the nouns in the sentence.
  2. Look for a verb form of that noun.
  3. Try to reduce the numbers of helping verbs you are using.