As a writer, it's easy to become enamored with fancy prose. We want our writing to possess credibility, and therefore, we sometimes, consciously or sub-consciously, add words that are unnecessary and convolute our sentence constructions.
Let's stop right here. Is the point of your writing to communicate or to sound fancy? I think you get the point. Your audience wants to read your content in exactly the number of necessary words - nothing more.
Nonessential words can be categorized in three areas: deadwood, utility words, and circumlocution.
1. Deadwood is an excessive phrase that adds nothing to meaning. Here's an example:
Deadwood Sentence: The single reason as to why he left her was to find another woman.
Correct: The single reason he left her was to find another woman.
Other Deadwood Phrase Examples: in my opinion, as compared to, it is important to note that, which was, who are
2. Utility Words are "stuffing" words that contribute nothing to a sentence. Specifically, they include nouns with vague meanings, general adjectives, and adverbs that specify degree. Here's an example:
Utility Word Sentence: Utility word situations are unnecessary.
Correct: Utility words are unnecessary.
Other Utility Word Examples: factor, type, quality, area, good, bad, significant, basically, actually, very
3. Circumlocution is taking too many words to state something that could be done in much less.
Circumlocution Sentence: It is entirely possible that it is raining outside.
Correct: It may be raining outside.
Other Circumlocution Examples: it is not unlikely that, would have to be, during the same time
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