Wordy phrases and concise substitutes

letter-jumble-background-alphabet-words-spilled-mess-many-letters-jumbled-d-display-messages-31478358Conciseness is important in scientific writing, but most writers struggle with wordiness at times. Don’t let excess words clutter your text! Here are some common wordy phrases with concise substitutions and tips:

“It is noteworthy that…” If you need this emphasis, write “Of note…” instead.

“And in addition…”  And and in addition are redundant. Use one or the other.

“It goes without saying that…” Then do not say it.

“Research has shown that…” This is implied when you include literature citations. This phrase is pure fluff.

“In order to” is used a lot, but “to” says the same thing in fewer words.

“In view of the fact that…” or “Based on the fact that…” Substitute “because.”

“Fewer in number” Substitute “fewer.”

“In the course of…” or “During the time of…” Simply write “during” or “while.”

“At the present moment…” Substitute “now” or “currently.”

“Up until now” means “To date.”

“It is possible that these findings may…” Possible and may are redundant. Write “These findings may…”

“By means of” Substitute “by” or “with” or “using.”

“Square-shaped” means “square,” “round in shape” means “round.”

“The question as to whether” means “whether.”

“Small-sized” means “small,” “large in size” means “large.”

Choose your words carefully to make every word count, and your writing will have a more powerful impact!
Anne AltorWordy phrases and concise substitutes

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