An essential guide to writing is The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. One of the oft-quoted rules of writing in their little book is, “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 key point is to “omit needless words” to make your business writing more concise.
Here’s a little game to see how well you can identify wordy phrases and replace them with just one word.
Match each wordy phrase with its concise alternative:
1. Due to the fact that ____
2. In the event that ____
3. At this point in time ____
4. Utilization _____
5. During the time that ____
6. Quantify ____
7. Prioritize ____
8. Parameters ____
9. It is necessary that ____
10. It gives evidence that ____
11. Has the ability to ____
(Please check back to see the answers in tomorrow’s post.)