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Expendable Words and Circumlocution 

Expendable Words and Circumlocution

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Correct and Preferred Usage
Author(s):

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:

Avoid

Better

in terms of

in, of, for

an increased [decreased] number of

more [fewer]

as the result of

because of

during the time that

while

at this [that] point in time

now [then]

in close proximity to

near

in regard to, with regard to

about, regarding

the majority of

most

produce an inhibitory effect on

inhibit

commented to the effect that

said, stated

draws to a close

ends

file a lawsuit against

sue

have an effect [impact] on

affect

in the vicinity of

near

in those areas where

where

carry out

perform, conduct

look after, take care of

watch, care for

fall off

decline, decrease

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