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