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Expendable Words and Circumlocution 

Expendable Words and Circumlocution
Correct and Preferred Usage

Roxanne K. Young

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Expendable Words and Circumlocution

Some words and phrases can usually be omitted without affecting meaning, and omitting them often improves the readability of a sentence:

as already stated

it was demonstrated that

in other words

needless to say

it goes without saying

take steps to

it is important [interesting] to note

the fact that

it may be said that

the field of

it stands to reason that

to be sure

it was found that

Quite, very, and rather are often overused and misused and can be deleted in many instances (see also 11.1, Correct and Preferred Usage of Common Words and Phrases).

Avoid roundabout and wordy expressions:



in terms of

in, of, for

an increased [decreased] number of

more [fewer]

as the result of

because of

during the time that


at this [that] point in time

now [then]

in close proximity to


in regard to, with regard to

about, regarding

the majority of


produce an inhibitory effect on


commented to the effect that

said, stated

draws to a close


file a lawsuit against


have an effect [impact] on


in the vicinity of


in those areas where


carry out

perform, conduct

look after, take care of

watch, care for

fall off

decline, decrease

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