As a corporate trainer who teaches communication skills including American grammar and business writing, I am always encouraging my students to cut words from their writing. I use my KISS Principle in many different ways, always striving for conciseness, which usually leads to clarity.
The phrases below are part of my “Cut the Fat” section in my “Brush Up on Your Business Writing Skills” workbook, and they show the students how to recognize and cut their wordiness.
Each of these short phrases can be written (or said) with just ONE word. Can you think of ones that will work? (Some answers are at the end of this post.)
at this point in time
due to the fact that
in the event that
we request that you
without further delay
The phrases below contain at least one word that should be dropped; can you figure out the correct word to keep in each? (Again, answers at the end of the post.)
each and every one
estimated at about
general consensus of opinion
postponed until later
In business, we need to be clear. Keeping business documents short, simple, and straight to the point is a worthy goal.
Some good answers: now, because, if, please, immediately
Words to keep: advance, fundamentals, close, each (or every), estimated, opposites, gift, consensus, merged, might, postponed, unique
A couple of sites you might like:
The Writer’s Handbook
Grammar.ccc (a short and useful quiz site)
And . . . you DID catch the title’s redundancy, didn’t you?