Looking for words to delete because….

  1. Decrease word count
  2. Tighten up your sentences
  3. Decrease wordiness

If your sentences start with:

There is/was

Again

So

As

Then

Next

Since

You can probably delete them

 

If you have…

That

Had

Of

This

In the middle of your sentence, you can probably delete it. How to check, read your sentence out loud without the word in it and if it still sounds right w/o it, delete it.

If your sentences end with a prepositional or adverbial phrase, you can probably delete it:

Of…

With….

In English we are taught to put articles in front of every noun. See if you need one in the beginning or middle (note read out loud w/o and if it still sounds right, you probably don’t need it, delete it):

A

An

The

 

To be phrases, to be + —ing, to be verbs

Can often be changed to one strong verb that says the same thing, thus, eliminating a word