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Redundancies and Wordy Phrases

SOME COMMON REDUNDANCIES

Avoid the italicized words (in parentheses).
They just repeat; they don't add any useful new meaning.

(absolute) guarantee

(absolutely) essential

(absolutely) sure

(actual) experience

add (an additional)

(advance) planning

(advance) reservations

(advance) warning

all meet (together)

(as) for example

ask (a question)

at (the) present (time)

(basic) fundamentals

came (at a time) when

(close) proximity

(close) scrutiny

collaborate (together)

(completely) filled

consensus (of opinion)

(definite) decision

(difficult) dilemma

(direct) confrontation

during (the course of)

(end) result

enter (in)

estimated at (about)

estimated (roughly)

(false)pretenses

few (in number)

filled (to capacity)

(first) began

for (a period of) 10 days

(foreign) imports

forever (and ever)

(free) gift

(invited) guests

join (together)

(major) breakthrough

merged (together)

(new) beginning

(past) history

(past) records

plan (ahead)

(possibly) might

postpone (until later)

protest (against)

repeat (again)

same (identical)

since (the time when)

spell out (in detail)

(still) remains

(suddenly) exploded

(therapeutic) treatment

2 a.m. (in the morning)

(unexpected) surprise

(unintentional) mistake

(usual) custom

written (down)

 

Wordy Phrases with One-word Alternatives: Some Common Examples

WORDY PHRASE

at all times

at the present time

at that point in time

beyond a shadow of a doubt

due to the fact that

for the purpose of

in connection with

in most instances

in order to

in some instances

in spite of the fact that

in the event that

on an everyday basis

on a daily basis

subsequent to

the reason is because

SHORTER (and BETTER) ALTERNATIVE

always

now

then

certainly

because

for

with

usually

to

sometimes

although

if

routinely

daily

after

because

 

Wordy Phrases That Can Generally Be Left Out Completely: Some Common Examples

all things considered

as a matter of fact

as far as I'm concerned

for all intents and purposes

in the final analysis

it is a fact that

it is clear that

it seems that

the point I am trying to make is