WRITE TIGHT: Don’t waste words; get to the point.
1. Reduce long clauses to shorter phrases:
Wordy: The man who was in the taxi was wearing a tuxedo.
Revised: The man in the taxi was wearing a tuxedo.
2. Reduce phrases to single words.
Wordy: The policeman at the end of the line pushed everyone forward.
Revised: The last policeman pushed everyone forward.
3. Cut empty phrases.
Wordy: As far as I’m concerned, all things considered, it seems that all citizens should, at the present time, be allowed to vote.
Revised: All citizens should be allowed to vote.
all things being equal
all things considered
as a matter of fact
as far as I am concerned
at the end of the day
at the present time
due to the fact that
for all intents and purposes
for the most part
for the purpose of
in a manner of speaking
in my opinion
in the event of
in the final analysis
it seems that
the point that I am trying to make