Time-waster versus Time-saver
When I was going through some of the books on letter writing, I came across some wonderful tips on effective writing skills. I wish to share this information with the Grammarly members.
It says, many classic time-wasters still clog our business writing.
" the fact that...."
in view of the fact that...
in consideration of the fact that...
on account of the fact that...
owing to the fact...
given the fact that...
All these could be simplified by simply using "because"
Time-waster: We cancelled the picnic due to the fact that it was raining.
Time-saver: We cancelled the picnic because it was raining.
Time-waster: Radha did not attend the meeting on account of the fact that she was ill.
Time-saver: Radha missed the meeting because she was ill.
"On a ...... basis"
Time-waster: We meet on a daily basis.
Time-saver: We meet every day/daily.
Time-waster: We meet on a regular basis to discuss....
Time-saver: We regularly meet to discuss...
"in a manner/way.."
Time-waster: in a firm manner.
Time-waster: in an efficent way
"in the process of...."
Time-waster: We are in the process of installing the new software.
Time-saver: We are installing the new software.
Words such as literally, quite, somewhat, rather contribute little-if any-meaning to business writing, and can often be eliminated.
I also recommend my favorite book on this topic: The Dictionary of Concise Writing by Robert Hartwell Fiske (2nd edition, Portland: Marion Street Press, 2006). It has over 10,000 entries with alternatives to wordy phrases.
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