Thursday, 27 October 2022

COMMON WRITING PROBLEMS TO AVOID

 



Every piece of content needs to be edited to avoid common writing mistakes. Many often sacrifice clarity on the altar of sounding professional. The editors started to maintain a list of the more common transgressions. Here are the top 17 followed by their anti -wordiness, anti-fuzzy thinking, pro- brevity, pro-clarity equivalents:

1. Ways by which = ways

2. continues to be = Remains

3. In order to = To  (especially at the beginning of a sentence)

4.  There (are) will be times when = sometimes, At times

5. Despite the fact that = Although, Though

6. At which time = When

7. In spite of = Despite

8. When in comes to = In, when

9.  The majority of = Most

10. A number of = some, few, several, various 

11. When asked = Asked

12. Leverage (as verb) = Use (or out to use), Harness, Apply

13. The same level of  = As much

14. While (if not being used to mean during or at the same time as) = Although or Though, whereas

15. Moving forward = Later,  In the future, from now on, Hereafter

16. Centered  around = centered of

17. Try and (verb) = Try to (verb)

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