April 4 2014

Two phrases to eliminate from your writing

by Barbie in Writing

Concision is an important part of writing. It enhances your document’s readability, allowing you to make your message clear. Two phrases that we often strike from documents, especially academic papers, are “There are” and “It is.” In many cases, these phrases are not necessary and make a simple sentence more complex.

Here are some examples.

There are studies that show that concision can help improve students’ writing.

Revision: Studies show that concision can help improve students’ writing.

It is reported by Jones et al. that students use these phrases too frequently.

Revision: Jones et al. reported that students use these phrases too frequently. 

You want every word in your sentence to count. These filler words add nothing but complexity to a sentence that can be simplified. When you remove them, you create an active sentence that is easier for your readers to understand.