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Eliminate Empty Words and Phrases -1. Vague terms and nouns (such as to be verbs, involve, center around, aspect, element, factor, field, kind, nature ) can lead to wordy sentences. We were arguing about The nature of our argument involved whether to go ^

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Eliminate empty words and phrases 1

Eliminate Empty Words and Phrases-1

Vague terms and nouns (such as to be verbs, involve, center around, aspect, element, factor, field, kind, nature) can lead to wordy sentences.

We were arguing about

The nature of our argument involved whether to go

^

to the 7:15 or the 9:45 show.

worried

The frost was worrisome to the citrus growers.

^


Eliminate empty words and phrases 2

Eliminate Empty Words and Phrases-2

  • Intensifiers (such as very, more, most, best, quite) and other modifiers can also be empty words. As you revise, consider whether every adverb and adjective is necessary.

  • He bore a very strong resemblance to his father. [unnecessary intensifier]

  • The sweater was an absolutely perfect fit. [unnecessary adverb]

  • Her hometown was rather typical of small-town America. [unnecessary adverb]


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