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The #2 Sign of Verbiage

Look for "in" to Make Writing More Succinct



As I learned in the third grade, a preposition is, "anything the little bird can do to the house." It can fly over the house, around the house, to the house, through the house.

Prepositions introduce a prepositional phrase, which is a unit of information. Often that information is unnecessary. Out of the roughly 145 prepositions in English, one introduces more unnecessary phrases than the other 144 combined: in. I don’t know why; it’s just an observation.

The Bikram Trust Company is in the process of liquidating the assets.

In fact, the only way the list could convey property would be to . . . .

The court in that case held that it did not, finding instead that . . .

They were, in a word, methodical, which is what Daubert requires.

I am outlining the steps Henderson must follow in order to effect . . . .

Federal agencies codified procedures in an attempt to . . . .

Thank you in advance for your prompt response.

The preposition “in” will be the first word in a short burst of information that often is irrelevant.

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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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