Polish Your Writing

In today’s fast-paced world, people like to get to the point. They don’t have the time (or sometimes the patience) to read lengthy sentences and wordy e-mails. That’s why it’s important to learn how to write smooth, concise sentences.



Many students struggle with writing a natural sentence that gets right to the point. They sometimes write wordy sentences that can become redundant or a little confusing. Shortening your sentences or using one word to replace a phrase, will help your sentences to flow nicely and get right to the point! Here are a few examples:

at the conclusion of — after

This sounds okay: “We are going to meet her at the conclusion of the show.”
But this sounds better: “We’re going to meet her after the show.”

at this timenow

This sounds okay: “We should go for coffee at this time.”
But this sounds better: “We should go for coffee now.”

bring to an end — end

This sounds okay: “This movie is going on forever! They should bring it to an end.”
But this sounds better: “This movie is going on forever! They should end it.”

continue on with — continue

This sounds okay: “Are you going to continue on with your studies?”
But this sounds better: “Are you going to continue your studies?”

due to the fact — because

This sounds okay: “I can’t go to the party due to the fact that I have to work.”
But this sounds better: “I can’t go to the party because I have to work.”

equally as — as

This sounds okay: “Writing English is equally as important as reading it.”
But this sounds better: “Writing English is as important as reading it.”

if and when — if

This sounds okay: “I will see you at the coffee shop if and when I finish my essay.”
But this sounds better: “I’ll see you at the coffee shop if I finish my paper.”

in the near future — soon

This sounds okay: “I will be traveling to Italy in the near future.”
But this sounds better: “I’ll be going to Italy soon.”

in the vicinity — near

This sounds okay: “I will meet you in the vicinity of the mall after lunch.”
But this sounds better: “I’ll meet you near the mall after lunch.”

with the exception — except

This sounds okay: “I like all my subjects in school with the exception of math.”
But this sounds better: “I like all my subjects except math.”

See how the second sentence sounds better than the first? It’s because the sentences are short and to the point. There is one word that can replace an entire phrase. There’s no awkward phrasing, and it’s easy to understand. So try it yourself!

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