Reduce Redundancy

Reduce  Redundancy

 

Paired synonyms

           Examples:     

                           fitting and proper

                           enthusiastic and energetic

                           honest and true

 

Redundant word combinations

            Examples:       

                           young child

                           new baby

                           bald headed   

                           advance reservation

                           past history

 

Don’t state the obvious  (empty words)

             Examples:     

                           The month of May

                           The state of Texas

                            I think (I know you think it-you wrote it!)

                            I believe (I know you believe it, you wrote it)

 

Writer’s tip:

You can eliminate almost any word that ends in -ly.  Words that end in -ly rarely add useful information.  Describing someone as “stumbling awkwardly” or “moseying slowly” does not add information, since a person cannot stumble in any fashion other than awkwardly, and he or she cannot mosey rapidly.  For professional and technical writing, use words that end in -ly sparingly