Like litter on the street, there is just too much messy stuff. Students use three words when one word is good enough. I wonder why? Do students think more words are better? I hope the answer is no.
Here is my idea. Good writing is clean. It uses only the words you need to express an idea. No extra packaging. Great writing does not need fancy words. Great writing is a clear idea that is easy to understand. Want to stop littering your sentences? Read on.
Maybe you use expressions like the ones taught in TEFL or TOEIC textbooks. Those word lists are great for passing a test, but they are not always useful for academic essays or business writing.
Here is list of 25 common expressions that will help you write shorter and better sentences. There are expressions and phrases plus the simple terms. The simple terms tell us the same idea but they are easier to write and remember. And, you are less likely to make a mistake with simple expressions.
25 Simple Expressions
|1||a large number of||many|
|2||during the time that||while|
|3||due to the fact that||because|
|4||because of the fact that||because|
|5||in the event that||if|
|6||in order to||to|
|7||blue in colour||blue|
|8||until such time as||until|
|9||has the ability||can|
|10||in spite of the fact that||although|
|12||in the near future||soon|
|13||at the present time||now|
|14||if this is not the case||if not|
|15||it would appear that||apparently|
|16||has the opportunity to||can|
|17||at this point in time||at this point|
|18||a majority of||most|
|19||hold a meeting||meet|
|20||in most cases||usually|
|21||in many cases||often|
|22||in some cases||sometimes|
|23||with regard to||regarding|
|24||place an order||order|
|25||it is probable that||probably|