Set V, 11

Eliminating Wordiness Checklist

Cutting wordiness in these small ways adds up big when editing your work: you will sound much more persuasive and intelligent in your writing.

  1. Combine Sentences to eliminate needless repetition.
    Repetitive: Bob went to the store. The store was located on 8th Street.
    Combined: Bob went to the store on 8th Street.

  2. Cut redundancy & repetition.
    Redundancy: Juan enjoys his job as a mail carrier.
    Concise: Juan enjoys working as a mail carrier.

  3. Cut long-winded phrases.
    Long-winded phrase: At this point in time,...
    Shorter version: Now,...

  4. Cut expletive constructions.
    Expletive construction: There are many people who like Tom.
    Without expletive: Many people like Tom.

  5. Reduce clauses to phrases.
    Clause: Because Jane was feeling sleepy, she went to bed early.
    Phrase: Feeling sleepy, Jane went to bed early.

  6. Replace passive verb forms of "to have" and "to be" (is, was, were, are) with active verbs that show action.
    Passive: She had the wheel in her hands.
    Active: She gripped the wheel in her hands.

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