All bloggers, content writers and authors use too many words when they write. But the good ones return to what they’ve written by chopping off redundant words and phrases or replacing them with concise alternatives.
15 Wordy Expressions to Avoid While Writing
Below, I’ve listed 15 common words and expressions that can be made more concise. Eliminating wordy expressions isn’t done by referring to some master list; it’s a skill for noticing when the logic and power of an expression can be maintained or enhanced by the use of a shorter one.
1. I am of the belief that
Change to I believe.
I am of the belief that UFO’s exist. I believe UFO’s exist.
2. Due to the fact that
Change to because.
I went inside due to the fact that it was too hot. I went inside because it was too hot.
3. During the period of
Change to during.
During the period of my training, I lost two pounds a week. During my training, I lost two pounds a week.
4. In order to
Change to to.
In order to persuade readers, I will include solid evidence. To persuade readers, I will include solid evidence.
5. In the event that
Change to if.
In the event that it rains, I will use my new umbrella. If it rains, I will use my new umbrella.
6. In spite of the fact that
Change to although.
In spite of the fact that she hates me, I visit her daily. Although she hates, I visit her daily.
7. With the exception of
Change to except.
I’ve seen every Elvis movie, with the exception of Paradise, Hawaiian Style. I’ve seen every Elvis movie, except Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
8. All of a sudden
Change to suddenly.
All of a sudden, the lights went out. Suddenly, the lights went out.
9. In the near future
Change to soon.
I will graduate in the near future. I will graduate soon.
10. Came to the realization that
Change to realized.
I came to the realization that I was wordy. I realized I was wordy.
11. Has had an effect on
Change to influenced.
Hemingway has had an effect on my style. Hemingway has influenced my style.
12. Is aware of the fact that
Change to knows.
The senator is aware of the fact that his constituents are restless. The senator knows his constituents are restless.
13. On a daily basis
Change to daily.
I exercise on a daily basis. I exercise daily.
14. At the Conclusion of
Change to after.
The audience cried at the conclusion of the movie. The audience cried after the movie.
15. Take into consideration
Change to consider.
I will take into consideration your proposal. I will consider your proposal.
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