A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. The break between them serves the purpose of a rhetorical pause, throwing into prominence some detail of the action. Changing nominalizations back into verbs: The college requires that the admissions office evaluate all student transcripts for placement and prerequisites. If several expressions modify the same word, they should be so arranged that no wrong relation is suggested. In my opinion, thisThis wasteful policy ought to be revoked. There are several good reasons to delay making this decision.
The constant use of the adjective little except to indicate size is particularly debilitating; we should all try to do a little better, we should all be very watchful of this rule, for it is a rather important one, and we are pretty sure to violate it now and then. The latter sentence is less direct, less bold, and less concise. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules. Through the middle of the valley flowed a winding stream. But in the criticism or interpretation of literature the writer should be careful to avoid dropping into summary. Later I edit what I wrote basically to fix typos, but mostly to decrease the number of words. The era in which we must aggressively defend our woodlands has , for all intents and purposes, passed.
This may lead to a tendency for people from those cultures to use repetitive or redundant phrasing when learning English. With these hopes and in this belief I would urge you, laying aside all hindrance, thrusting away all private aims, to devote yourselves unswervingly and unflinchingly to the vigorous and successful prosecution of this war. Take a Knife to your Writing Editing in writing and design is critical. Must he write twenty consecutive sentences of the same pattern? Conciseness means to provide information clearly and in very few words. A common violation of conciseness is the presentation of a single complex idea, step by step, in a series of sentences which might to advantage be combined into one.
In Nisan, Noam; Roughgarden, Tim; Tardos, Éva; et al. He may find it necessary to devote one or two sentences to indicating the subject, or the opening situation, of the work he is discussing; he may cite numerous details to illustrate its qualities. An unskilful writer will sometimes construct a whole paragraph of sentences of this kind, using as connectives and, but, and less frequently, who, which, when, where, and while, these last in non-restrictive senses see under Rule. The more research I do, the more I fill out details about the person. Be more or less specific. Nor does it hold in periodic sentences in which the interruption is a deliberately used means of creating suspense see examples under Rule.
The longer the sentence is, the harder it is for a reader to understand the core idea the writer is trying to express underneath their verbal ornaments. Legislators are already in the process of reviewing the statutes. Writers who indulge in tired language are not being respectful to their readers, and writers return the compliment by losing attention and going on to something else. These words shouldn't be banished from your vocabulary, but they will be used to best effect when used sparingly. Everything else is a value-added service. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
Get rid of redundant phrasing. Words are precious and should be treated like money- spend them only when there is a necessity. Although single sentences of this type may be unexceptionable see under Rule , a series soon becomes monotonous and tedious. All things considered, Connecticut's woodlands are in better shape now than ever before. The writer must therefore, so far as possible, bring together the words, and groups of words, that are related in thought, and keep apart those which are not so related.
Through decades and generations, many other guides, handbooks, manuals, textbooks and, recently, web pages have offered writing advice. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. He published in Harper's Magazine three articles about his adventures in Spain. An exception may be made of sentences of transition, indicating the relation between the parts of an exposition or argument. Use the word not as a means of denial or in antithesis, never as a means of evasion. This principle, that of parallel construction, requires that expressions of similar content and function should be outwardly similar. Failing health compelled him to leave college.
Vigorous writing is concise: do you agree with that statement? Sometimes, however, it is expedient to precede the topic sentence by one or more sentences of introduction or transition. I truly believe concise writing is the number one key to great content. So I sat down with our Account Manager and asked him about how we could focus the message. The dramatists of the Restoration are little esteemed to-day. I highly suggest reading it. If someone tells you that she saw a great new sports car, a picture immediately springs to mind, filled with generic properties. Here are some notes toward efficiency and conciseness in writing.
This sometimes occurs when student writers work with a thesaurus in one hand, choosing substitutes from a list of approximately similar, though unfamiliar, words. The campaign opened with a series of reverses. Fowler wrote those words to introduce the first chapter of. Lecky, The Political Value of History. Try to keep things straight.
Also see: Observations: Today, good writing in the academic. Check your writing once expressly to locate jargon, and cut out as much as you can. Shifting from one tense to the other gives the appearance of uncertainty and irresolution compare Rule. Some of them called pleonasms repeat the meaning of other words they are used with e. You must be a registered user to use this feature. In a long paragraph, he may carry out several of these processes.