Examples of a Diction

Diction is the choice of words used in speech or writing, an essential consideration for writers. It is often confused with vocabulary, which refers to a word’s meaning. Diction refers to how well people can express themselves using words they already know. Formal diction is used when writing or speaking formally, and informal diction—the opposite of formal—is used in other contexts.

Examples of Diction:

  1. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. (Charles Dickens)
  2. To be or not to be. (William Shakespeare)
  3. I want to see a movie tonight.
  4. I wish to see a motion picture this evening.
  5. I enjoy traveling.
  6. I am very fond of touring.
  7. It was scalding today, so we went swimming at the beach.
  8. I’m afraid I don’t understand your question,” said the duchess with her usual air of condescension.
  9. My brother is always telling me that I have no sense of humor,” said Peter, who was known for his sarcasm.
  10. I want to thank my parents for their support and encouragement throughout my life. 
  11. She was a great friend whose impact on my life will never be forgotten.
  12. I’m sorry,” she said, “that you must die.
  13. The king died,” the queen said, “and then the queen died.
  14. “I am very pleased to meet you,” he said.
  15. My dear, we are all going to die someday!
  16. Let’s go to school. It’s time for class.
  17. The students are pleased to be back in school.
  18. This book is written in a straightforward and accessible language so everyone can understand it.
  19. The sun was shining brightly on the day we went to Disneyland. 
  20. The sky was a clear, deep blue.
  21. The child ran through the park, laughing happily.
  22. The man spoke to the crowd, encouraging them to stand their ground against the invading army.
  23. The woman sat by herself at a table in the restaurant’s corner, looking sadly at her plate of untouched food.
  24. The waitress walked briskly over to our table and asked if we were ready to order.
  25. I’m sorry,” I said apologetically when I realized my mistake.
  26. The wind blew through the trees.
  27. I was happy to see that they were here.
  28. I am so excited that we are going on vacation!
  29. It’s been so long since we’ve seen each other; I can’t believe it!
  30. But this is not to suggest that our world has lost all its mystery or wonder, that we are no longer capable of being surprised or awed by the unexpected.
  31. May I have a cup of tea, please?
  32. I like to play football.
  33. The cat ran away with the ball.
  34. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – William Shakespeare
  35. I am the Walrus / Goo goo g’joob.” – John Lennon.
  36. So long and thanks for all the fish.” – Douglas Adams.
  37. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
  38. I am going away tomorrow,” he said quietly. 
  39. The next day, we went to the zoo and saw many animals.
  40. The class was about to begin when a student came running in and said there was an emergency.
  41. He was very excited about his new bike but did not know how to ride it.
  42. My son is good at soccer,” said my friend proudly.
  43. There are no more cookies in the jar.
  44. It would help if you did not use foul language.
  45. The teacher said that I must not use bad words in my essay.
  46. He is very polite and never uses bad words in his speech.
  47. She is frank in her work and never uses terrible words while working hard on some task.
  48. The boy was tired, his tongue felt like a lump of lead, and he could not utter a single word.
  49. He spoke in a low tone and with great reluctance.
  50. The speaker is addressing the audience with a loud voice to make them understand what he wants to say clearly and distinctly.
  51. He spoke very softly but clearly so that everyone could hear him nicely without any difficulty or confusion.
  52. He looked at me with his deep blue eyes.
  53. The moon was full tonight, and its luminous rays shone into her room through her open window.
  54. The woman said that she wanted examples of a cat.

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