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The Power of One: Cut Those Superfluous Words

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One word is like one drop – its impact is greater when surrounded by less of its own kind. That’s why we’ve focused on examples of reducing several words to one – or substituting a phrase with one word – in this latest list of superfluous terms you can ban from your writing.


Reduce to one word

hard facts

desirable benefit

equal to one another

have a need for

classify into groups

interdependent on each other

potential risk

could potentially

completely finish

honest in character


Substitute with one word

in certain situations   occasionally

cut down on  limit

go back over  re-evaluate


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