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Grammar Unit 1: Choosing the words that best express your ideas (Adapted from http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/style.html ) Wordiness The Problem: This term is used to cover a couple of style problems that involve using more words than you absolutely need to say something. Your wordiness may derive from a potential problem unrelated to your writing style: uncertainty about your topic, lack of a developed argument, or lack of evidence. If you're not sure what you want or have to say, you may have trouble saying it. As you struggle to find what you mean or play with a vague idea or concept, you may write garbled or rambling sentences. The Solution: It's okay to let yourself think on the page and write to discover precisely what you mean. Taking thirty minutes (or more) to let yourself write and clarify your
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Unformatted text preview: point for yourself may save you lots of time later. Write to yourself until you can quickly explain to a friend what you are writing about, why you believe it, and what evidence supports your position. Then, sit down to write your paper with your reader in mind. Some examples of areas where you may find wordiness: Qualifiers (very, often, hopefully, practically, basically, really, mostly) Democracy is really good for practically everyone, mostly. Correct: Eliminate these qualifiers and you will have a stronger, more direct point. Two words that mean the same thing All our hopes and dreams were fulfilled when Adrian became first and foremost in the public eye after saving the entire planet. Correct: Choose the most precise term and delete the extra one....
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2009 for the course ENGL 1105 taught by Professor Bailey during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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