Grammar, Punctuation, and Style 3.7 More Ways to Omit Needless Words in Writing
It is important that your writing contains only what is necessary to relay important details and ideas; anything unneeded or unimportant should be discarded. Below are more ways to omit wordiness from your writing.
Rule: Avoid using "it is" unless the it is in reference to something mentioned earlier in your writing.
Wrong: It is my understanding that you will be taking Chemistry 3 next semester.
Right: I understand that you will be taking Chemistry 3 next semester.
Wrong: It is acknowledged that if the project is not complete by next week, we will lose the job.
Right: We acknowledge that if the project is not complete by next week, we will lose the job.
Rule: Omit the phrase "there is" or "there are".
Wrong: There are some people who struggle to make ends meet.
Right: Some people struggle to make ends meet.
Wrong: There is a student in the class who gets straight A's on all her work.
Right: A student in the class gets straight A's on all her work.
Rule: Do not use two words to say the same thing. One word will do.
He was nervous and anxious
She is smart and intelligent
Don't go to all the trouble and bother
Rule: Use less formal words rather than elaborate (or formal) words.
Directions: Answer the following questions, then write five examples for each of the above rules.