Adjectives and Adverbs:
The Modifier Within
If you consistently use modifiers in irritating, monotonous,
singsong patterns, break the habit promptly, decisively, and
Patricia O'Conner, Words Fail Me
The adjective, no doubt, is the most maligned part of speech,
and for good reason. For every adjective that is improving a
sentence, ten are being written to the detriment of the sentences
they inhabit…. The careless writer drags them in to provide
information that would have greater impact if it came directly
from the noun.
Gary Provost, Make Your Words Work
Adverbs can be useful, but we need to spend them like money.
Never let an adverb steal work that should go to a worthy verb.
Vicki Spandel, Creating Writers
Some adjectives are definitely ambiguous.
Theodore Bernstein, The Careful Writer