February 24 2010

Eliminate redundancy, wordiness

by Barbie in Writing

Redundant expressions are a part of today’s lexicon. Novice writers often think that turning a basic phrase into a more verbose one makes the writing more legitimate. In reality, unnecessarily wordy phrases are simply the mark of an amateur writer and serve no purpose other than to muddle an otherwise clear sentence.

We all have a tendency to overuse certain phrases in our writing. If you find that any of these redundant phrases are on your list, then opt for using the more concise term next time. Your readers will thank you.

  • As per usual = as usual
  • As to whether = whether
  • During the course of = during
  • Each and every = each
  • Exactly the same = the same
  • In the event that = if
  • Most unique = unique