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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/

David Foster Wallace on Why You Should Use a Dictionary, How to Write a Great Opener, and the Measure of Good Writing

In late 1999, Wallace wrote a lengthy and laudatory profile of writer and dictionary-maker Bryan A. Garner. A correspondence ensued, which became a friendship, which sprouted a series of conversations about writing and language, eventually published as Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A.

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