” Finding words that capture your meaning and convey that meaning to your readers is challenging.
This handout will explain some common issues related to word choice and give you strategies for choosing the best words as you revise your drafts.
They are problematic because their overuse has diminished their impact and because they require several words where just one would do.
The main way to avoid clichés is first to recognize them and then to create shorter, fresher equivalents.
Take a look at the following list for some examples.
On the left are some phrases that use three, four, or more words where fewer will do; on the right are some shorter substitutes: Keep an eye out for wordy constructions in your writing and see if you can replace them with more concise words or phrases.
Using simple words does not indicate simple thoughts.
In an academic argument paper, what makes the thesis and argument sophisticated are the connections presented in simple, clear language.
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