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
we are accepting applications.
These shirts come in seven different colors
These shirts come in seven colors
From “3 Easy Ways to Write More Concisely”
By Mark Nichol
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.
The tiny English word so has numerous uses. Merriam-Webster gives it separate entries as adverb, conjunction, adjective, and pronoun. These are words we all interject into speech for reasons that have nothing to do with grammar. For example:
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In a recent copy of The New Yorker the word ‘reëlection’ appeared with an umlaut over the second ‘e’. I had not seen the umlaut used that way before.
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Is there something wrong with a phrase like this: “He expressed that he was tired”? It seems odd to me, but I can’t figure out why or if I’m just off base. It seems like you could say, “He expressed the idea that he was tired.
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I have some confusion regarding speakers when writing dialog, and when you should start new lines. The logic I remember being taught is that every time the speaker changes in a story we should start a new paragraph.
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