Cliché vs. Clichéd

How to use "cliché" and "clichéd" correctly

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Cliché is a noun; if you want to use the word as an adjective, use clichéd (even though cliché isn’t a verb, clichéd is an accepted adjective form).

love song with cliché lyrics

love song with clichéd lyrics
lyrics filled with clichés

You might also consider using a good synonym such as tritebanal, or hackneyed.

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Common Errors in English Usage: Errors in diction and idiom commonly made by native speakers of English

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