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Omit unnecessary words.

Examples

  • Incorrect: I would like to assert that the author should be considered to be a buffoon.

  • Correct: The author is a buffoon.

  • Incorrect: It would be safe to say that Gregor Samsa is not the only character in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis to undergo drastic changes.

  • Correct: Gregor Samsa is not the only character in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis to undergo drastic change.

  • Incorrect: Before going to the supermarket, we made a list of the groceries we needed in order to make the food that we intended to eat for dinner.

  • Correct: Before going to the supermarket, we made a list of groceries that we needed to prepare dinner.

    References

    More information about this rule is available from the following sources.

    Online Resources:
  • The Elements of Style: rule 13

Printed Resources: (see Books on Writing section)

  • Strunk and White: 2-17