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Useless Words

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The Thelma and Louise Sentence

Where We Often Add Unnecessary Words

Hit the brakes before you hit the cliff.

 

Many of our sentences hit the cliff and keep on going into free fall, ending in a pile of useless or already understood information. Examine the last few words before every period and ask yourself if they are necessary. Often the answer is no; if they form a prepositional phrase (or two), the odds increase you can delete them.

But the facts of Brandeberry are not analogous to the present matter.

However, Proud Butterfly had never paid the full $130,137.70 to DBF pursuant to the terms of the Venezuelan Contract.

 

Kiewit sued Amelco alleging damages resulting from delays and additional costs to the project.

 

Mr. Krazinski was never discharged from the Company but rather voluntarily resigned from his position.

Here, Drake Jr. has had no contact and must be dismissed from this action.

The Trustee reiterates his request that Mr. Burdell authorize you to waive and accept service for this case.

You will astound yourself at how often useless words pile up at the end of your sentences. (I astound myself.) When you stop at the cliff, you keep your readers on solid ground and give them the traction to read faster.

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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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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.