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Wordiness - IUPUI University Writing Center Because writers...

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IUPUI University Writing Center “Because writers need readers” Cavanaugh 427 274-2049 Editing for Wordiness "Words are like acid -- the more they're condensed, the more they burn." "Burning" words don’t have to be a bad thing -- effective writing is succinct enough that it engraves itself in the reader's memory. Eliminating excessive, confusing, or redundant words from your sentences can oftentimes make their meanings much clearer. Following are some examples of how you can "condense" -- and thus strengthen -- your writing. USE ONE PRECISE WORD INSTEAD OF SEVERAL LITTLE WORDS. wordy: She was late due to the fact that her car broke down. revised: She was late because her car broke down. wordy: The train travels at the rate of sixty-five miles per hour. revised: The train travels at sixty-five miles per hour. wordy: My mom yells at me as a means of releasing her aggression. revised: My mom yells at me to release her aggression. USE ACTIVE VOICE INSTEAD OF PASSIVE VOICE (BE + PAST PARTICIPLE)
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2011 for the course COMM G310 taught by Professor Sandwina during the Spring '09 term at IUPUI.

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