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16 Words to Dump for Better, more Precise Writing

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weak be-verbs

weak be-verbs

is, was, were, will be, have been, am, are

2

ly words

ly words

(& other vapid adverbs)

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very, such, so

very, such, so

And other empty intensifiers

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not, no (& other negative words)

not, no (& other negative words)
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the fact that

the fact that
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just

just
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begin to, try to, tend to, in order to

begin to, try to, tend to, in order to
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period of time

period of time
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in light of, in spite of, in terms of (& of in general)

in light of, in spite of, in terms of (& of in general)
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the fact that

the fact that
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proverbial

proverbial
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different (as in many different, 36 different)

different (as in many different, 36 different)
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particular

particular
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verbiage

verbiage
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any other verbiage or unneeded words that you can pitch (for example, a bunch in this phrase)

any other verbiage or unneeded words that you can pitch (for example, a bunch in this phrase)