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09/14/2015

Improve Your Writing By Avoiding These Mistakes

Help your writing be more clear and concise by steering clear of these mistakes.
  1. He/she is a clunky way to avoid gender bias in writing. Alternate he or she or pluralize (where appropriate).
  2. Had ought or hadn't ought. The auxiliary had is not necessary. You ought to eliminate it.
  3. Interesting Here is one of the most boring words in the English language. Show why something is interesting instead of just saying that it is.
  4. In terms of A completely unnecessary phrase. Eliminate it.
  5. Irregardless It is not a word, so do not use it.
  6. Kind of or sort of. Hanging with friends, these words are fine. In formal writing, use somewhat, rather, or slightly.
  7. Literally Many times, what you mean to say is figuratively. If you are literally dying from so much work, you mean that you are figuratively dying, but you should probably avoid using either word.
  8. Lots or lots of Substitute many or much in your formal writing. If you do use these words, remember that lots of something countable are plural. And a lot of is three words: "He wrote a lot of books" (not alot of).
  9. Just Don't overuse it, but just the right amount.
  10. Nature You can often avoid this word. Movies of a violent nature are probably just violent movies.
  11. Necessitate I cannot imagine a situation that would necessitate using this word.
  12. Of It is not could of, would of, should of but could have, would have, should have.

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