Redundant Words and Phrases



Redundant Words and Phrases

There are certain words and phrases that one often sees in general correspondence that tend to make the language more complicated and cumbersome than necessary. Unnecessary words inserted into your writing can be very confusing to the reader, and sometimes outright misleading.

Accordingly, one should make a point to avoid the use of redundant words and phrases and eliminate them whenever possible.

The following list contains some of the more common redundant words and phrases, along with shorter and less cumbersome alternative wording.

Instead of this...

absolutely essential
accounted for
actual experience
add the point that
advise, inform
along those lines
am in receipt of
are of the opinion of
as a result of
as of this date
at your earliest convenience
at this time, at the present time
attached hereto
attached please find
came to the conclusion
check into
cancel out
cognizant
collect together
compensate
conceive
consensus of opinion
conception
conclude, conclusion
consequent results
connect up
deficiency
demonstrate
descend down
despite the fact that
determine
discontinue
due to the fact that
early beginnings
effect a change
enclosed herein
encounter
endeavor
equitable
establish
exemplify
exhibits a tendency to
facilitate
few in number
first and foremost
for the purpose of
for the reason that
forward
free of charge
frequently
give an indication of
have at hand
I am of the opinion
in accordance with
in advance of
inasmuch as
in compliance with
in spite of the fact that
in the amount of
in the course of
in the event that
in the majority of cases
in the matter of
in the process of being
in the near future
in the neighborhood of
in the normal course of events
in the same way as described
in this day and age
in view of the fact that
indicate
initiate
is/was found to be
is suggestive of
it has been brought to my attention
it is apparent that
join together
kindly
make a decision to
make the acquaintance of
mutual cooperation
my personal opinion
new innovation
of a confidential nature
on behalf of
on the basis of
on the grounds that
on the part of
owing to the fact that
past experience
permit me to take this opportunity
pertaining to
perform an analysis of
perform an examination of
preparatory to
present a conclusion
prior to
prolong the duration of
provided that
reached an agreement
send an answer
the modifications contained herein
subsequent to
subsequently
supplement
take under advisement
the undersigned
terminate
the committee made the decision
the question as to whether
to be in agreement with
to have a preference for
to secure
under no circumstances
undertake a study of
until such time as
utilize, utilization
with a view to
with regard to
within the realm of possibility
whereas
whereby
whether or not
you will find attached

Use this...

essential
caused by
experience
add that
say, tell, let us know
like, similar to
have
think that, believe that
because
today
soon, next week, specific date
now, at present
attached
attached is
concluded
check
cancel
aware
collect
pay
think
consensus
idea
end
results
connect
lack
show
descend
although
find
stop
due to, because
beginnings
change
enclosed
meet
try
fair
set up
show
tends to
help
few
first
for
because
send
free
often
indicate
have
I think
according to
before
because
as requested, as specified
although
for
during
if, in case
most, usually
about
being
soon
about
normally
as described
nowadays
because
show
begin, start
is/was
suggests
I have learned
it seems
join
please
decide
meet
cooperation
my opinion
new
confidential
for
by
since
by
because, since
experience
I want to
about
analyze
examine
before
conclude
before
prolong
if
agreed
reply
these changes
after, since
later
add
consider
I, me
end, stop
the committee decided
whether
agree
prefer
to get
never
study
until
use
to
about
possible
but
which
whether
attached is, here is


The above list is not exhaustive; it is the list that I have compiled to-date, and the best that I could come up with when I wrote this page. But I'm sure you get the point. No doubt there are many more of these, and I urge you to be on the lookout for them.

The obvious lessons that one can draw from the above is: the simpler the better, and don't use three words when one will do the job.



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