Simplify Your Sentences to Write More Pithily 


1. Instead of starting a sentence with “there are” or “there is”, start it with the subject.

In most cases, simply sweep the expletive away and begin with a subject, as in revision of “There are other steps a company can take before an economic downturn to protect against its impact” to “A company can take other steps before an economic downturn to protect against its impact.”


2. Turn adjectival phrases into adverbs

Adjectival phrases are common in business jargon: on a daily basis; in a timely manner.

Replace with daily and promptly. The meaning is the same.
3. Refrain from using adjectives

These often bring no new meaning to the sentence.

 We are currently accepting applications

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we are accepting applications.

These shirts come in seven different colors

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These shirts come in seven colors

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From “3 Easy Ways to Write More Concisely”

By Mark Nichol

httpss://www.dailywritingtips.com/3-easy-ways-to-write-more-concisely/

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Careful Writers Make Good Bedfellows (or at Least Good Housemates)

I was interested to read about a recent University of Michigan study that concluded that people who are highly judgmental about writing errors tend to be more introverted and have less pleasant personalities than those who are more forgiving about people’s flawed writing skills.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/careful-writers-make-good-bedfellows-or-at-least-good-housemates/