Avoid Redundant Verbs

Picture of Scissors to Represent ConcisenessThe Issue

Every day I come across sentences in which authors accidentally repeat the same meaning. Redundancy can take many forms, but for this post we’ll focus on the use of two redundant verbs.

This type of redundancy often occurs when we try to add a second verb for emphasis or effect. Sometimes this is helpful or necessary, but most of the time Continue reading Avoid Redundant Verbs

Improve Clarity by Identifying the Source of Knowledge

This issue comes up quite often. An author will explain that something is “known” without saying who actually knows the information. Consider this sentence:

“It is well-known that the 2005 policy has helped children and families escape poverty.”

The problem with this sentence is that Continue reading Improve Clarity by Identifying the Source of Knowledge