Suggested alternatives for the dreaded "to be" verbs:

Be

 

endure, survive, exist, last, live, persist, prevail, abide, arise, contribute

     

Have

 

carry, bear, possess, hold, keep, retain, regard, include, use, require, receive, accept, exhibit, show, exercise, experience, submitted to, allow, trick, fooled, undergoing, compel, oblige, require, mandate

     

Do

 

carry out, put, perform, execute, commit, bring about, effect, finish, exert, exhaust, produce, mimic, manage,

     

Will

 

desire, wish, disposition, inclination, determination, request, command, volition, employ, means, order

     

Must

 

requirement, essential, signify, happen

     

Would

 

wish, desired, want, occur, appear, look, constitute, make, equal

     

Not

 

fail, inability, lack, dearth, without, absence, void, null, vacuum