Avoiding Wordiness

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Avoiding Wordiness : 

Avoiding Wordiness

Eliminate unnecessary determiners and modifiers : 

Eliminate unnecessary determiners and modifiers Balancing the budget by Friday is an impossibility without some kind of extra help. Balancing the budget by Friday is impossible without extra help

Change phrases into single words : 

Change phrases into single words The department showing the best performance... The best-performing department...

Change unnecessary that, who, and which clauses into phrases or adjectives. : 

Change unnecessary that, who, and which clauses into phrases or adjectives. All applicants who are interested in the job must... The interested applicants must . .

Avoid overusing the form it + be-verb or there + be-verb : 

Avoid overusing the form it + be-verb or there + be-verb It is the governor who signs or vetoes bills. There are four rules that should be observed: ...

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The governor signs or vetoes bills. Four rules should be observed:...

Omit repetitive wording : 

Omit repetitive wording Our branch office currently employs five tellers. These tellers do an excellent job Monday through Thursday but cannot keep up with the rush on Friday and Saturday. Our branch office currently employs five tellers, who do an excellent job Monday through Thursday but cannot keep up with Friday and Saturday rush periods.

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Mr. Waterson got up from his desk, and he had gum sticking to his pants, and he could not believe that he had just sat in gum because sitting in gum often ruins pants.

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Kool Mo’ Larry decided to become a rapper so that he could express himself through rap, and the first rap song he decided to rap to was anything by Flo’ Rida.

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I have decided that I want to get a well-paying job when I graduate from college, so I have decided that I will apply to work for the CIA because the CIA pays well.

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The inventor stayed up all night planning his next famous invention, which was the reusable toothpick that he knew would make him famous.

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