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Eliminate these wordy phrases from your manuscript.

The editors at The Isis Group put together this list of phrases that they believe should automatically be eliminated from every manuscript or grant they edit.


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  1. Oneida j Davis

    Your post is very meaningful .

  2. Martin

    Of course, one should also eliminate redundancies — for example, there’s no need to include “take into consideration > consider” twice on this list.

  3. ella delle ynnah

    this is a very helpful post. tnx.

  4. Empie C. Bautista

    I’m so excited to improve the minutes of the meeting I make for our organization.

  5. Judy Boykin

    This is great! Many years ago, I worked with an editor who had taken “Gunnels Clear Writing Course,” which was based on removing wordy and complicated phrases, as is this premise. Of course, we were writing and rewriting technical documents and proposals. Mr. Gunnel’s training was a great help, and eliminated many pages of blah-blah!

  6. Stephen Monteith

    But wait! “Typically” is an adverb!

    Seriously, though, it’s not about using more words or fewer words; it’s about using the right words.

  7. Dyuti

    Gosh! I must be really “old School” for I actually LIKE a lot of those phrases. Short, succinct phrases are needed in technical journals and non fiction , factual reports. But in fiction, words have a much bigger purpose than just conveying meaning! Words create impact, they generate visual imagery, they arouse emotions! Imagine Darcy telling Elizabeth( Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) ” I want to marry you even though you are poor”, Yes or No? 🙂

  8. June Newbery

    How about opening phrases? “Our Founders believed,” for example and I especially hate, “I like Black people, but…” or “Some of my best friends are Gay, but…..” Church members
    , “We are supposed to love everybody. However……..”

  9. ysabel

    This was helpful. I always write too much to the point where it’s uneccesarry

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