Condense Long-winded Expressions

Condense Long-winded Expressions

Wordy phrases interfere with smooth reading and detract from the meaning of a sentence or passage.  This is particularly true when used to open a sentence.

             Avoid these                         Use these instead

            as well as                               and

            on the occasion of                  when  

            at this point in time                  now

            it is obvious that                      obviously                                

            on an everyday basis               daily   

            with respect/regard to              for

            as a matter of fact                   actually

            in the event that                       if         

            in light of the fact that              since

            regardless of the fact that        although         

            on the grounds that                 because


Avoid converted verbs

Converting verbs to nouns, like changing “I know” to “I have a knowledge of” is wordy and pompous.  Converting verbs to nouns by adding “ation” weakens both.  A victim may have been victimized, but it is wordy and unclear to say “she suffered from victimization.”


            Don’t turn these   --    into these

            victimize                         victimization  

            prioritize                         prioritization

            knowledge                     knowledgeableness

            customize                       customization

            connect                          connectivity


Streamline verb phrases

Verb phrases contain unnecessary clutter, detracting from the message of the sentence.


            Avoid these                                  Use these

            give consideration to                       consider          

            make acknowledgment of               acknowledge  

            have doubts about                          doubt                          

            is reflective of                                 reflects

            put the emphasis on                       emphasize



Writer’s tip:

If you write to impress your professor, you won’t!  Your professor will be impressed if you present complex information clearly and logically.  He or she will not be impressed by having to wade through several pages of ponderous empty words or having to puzzle out what you are trying to say.  To impress your professor, present solid information, well supported in a clear, logical text.  Tell your story in clear understandable language.