kwizNET Subscribers, please login to turn off the Ads!
Email us to get an instant 20% discount on highly effective K-12 Math & English kwizNET Programs!

Online Quiz (Worksheet A B C D)

Questions Per Quiz = 2 4 6 8 10

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.

    Example:
    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".

    Example:
    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.

    Example:
    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.

    Example:
    No: methodology
    Yes: method
    No: magnitude
    Yes: size
    No: terminate
    Yes: end
    No: appreciable
    Yes: many


Directions: Answer the following questions, then write five examples for each of the above rules.
Q 1: Instead of consequently, use
so
and so I believe
in the long run
best

Q 2: Instead of utilize, say
method
size
use
prevent

Q 3: Correct this sentence: There are many students who study for over 2 hours each night.
Many students study for over 2 hours each night.
There are students who study a lot.
He studies an appreciable amount of hours each night.
There is many students who study for over 2 hours each night.

Q 4: Instead of demonstrate, say
prompt
show
fair
largest

Q 5: Instead of preclude, say
rest
use
prevent
many

Q 6: Correct this sentence: The professor is pleased and delighted to teach at the university.
The professor is pleased.
The professor, who is pleased and delighted, will teach at the university.
He will teach.
The professor is pleased to teach at the university.

Question 7: This question is available to subscribers only!

Question 8: This question is available to subscribers only!


Subscription to kwizNET Learning System offers the following benefits:

  • Unrestricted access to grade appropriate lessons, quizzes, & printable worksheets
  • Instant scoring of online quizzes
  • Progress tracking and award certificates to keep your student motivated
  • Unlimited practice with auto-generated 'WIZ MATH' quizzes
  • Child-friendly website with no advertisements
  • Choice of Math, English, Science, & Social Studies Curriculums
  • Excellent value for K-12 and ACT, SAT, & TOEFL Test Preparation
  • Get discount offers by sending an email to discounts@kwiznet.com

Quiz Timer