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Words you can cull to improve your writing

Here’s a quick tip that can instantly improve your writing: try to avoid starting sentences with “There is” or “There are”.

Why? Because you’re dithering. You’re not getting to the point. Weak sentences frequently start with these two phrases, and if you can cull them, you’ll get something far more punchy.

Example:

  • There was strong disagreement between the divisions about the company’s relocation. => The divisions disagreed vehemently about the company’s relocation.
  • There were many vendors still setting up their stalls as the exhibition opened. => Many vendors were still setting up their stalls as the exhibition opened.

Take out those extra words and you can cut to the chase – and deliver communication that has far greater impact.

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