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Useless Words

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The #1 Sign of Verbiage

Why "of" Often Signals Wordiness

 “of”

More than any other sign, the word “of” will direct you to unnecessary words.

#1:

In its discussion of the issue, TCPF recognized . . . .

In its discussion of the issue, TCPF recognized . . . .

In its discussion, TCPF recognized . . . 

#2:

Employees on this rig typically worked a twenty-one day rotation, and stayed in Alaska during the pendency of the rotation.

Employees on this rig typically worked a twenty-one day rotation, and stayed in Alaska during the pendency of the rotation.

Employees on this rig typically worked a twenty-one day rotation, and stayed in Alaska during the rotation.

 Note that the unnecessary words can appear on either side of the “of.”

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About Gary Kinder

Gary Kinder

WordRake founder Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs for AMLAW 100 firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author. As a writing expert and coach, Gary was inspired to create WordRake when he noticed a pattern in writing errors that he thought he could address with technology.

In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake editing software to help writers produce clear, concise, and effective prose. It saves time and gives confidence. Writing and editing has never been easier.

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How Does it Work?

WordRake is editing software designed by writing expert and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder. Like an editor or helpful colleague, WordRake ripples through your document checking for needless words and cumbersome phrases. Its complex algorithms find and improve weak lead-ins, confusing language, and high-level grammar and usage slips.

WordRake runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggestions appear in the familiar track-changes style. If you’ve used track changes, you already know how to use WordRake. There’s nothing to learn and nothing to interpret. Editing for clarity and brevity has never been easier.