As a writer, you may have a tendency to use more words than necessary, diluting your message’s impact. This often happens when trying to sound more sophisticated or convey nuanced thoughts. However, simplicity can often lead to clearer, more powerful writing.

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The following prompts are designed to help you practice concise writing by focusing on eliminating unnecessary words. Replace these common wordy phrases with these shorter and more concise substitutes that get the message across more effectively.

Wordy PhraseConcise Substitute
due to the fact thatdue to
in the near futuresoon
at this point in timenow
in order toto
until such time asuntil
for the purpose offor
with reference toabout
in the event thatif
make an assumptionassume
take into considerationconsider
at the present timenow
on a daily basisdaily
give consideration toconsider
have a tendency totend
is in a position tocan
in a timely mannerpromptly
is of the opinion thatbelieves
in spite of the fact thatalthough
prior to the start ofbefore
subsequent toafter
at the present momentnow
despite the fact thatalthough
during the time thatwhile
for the duration ofduring
has the ability tocan
in light of the fact thatbecause
in the process ofduring
it is often the case thatoften
it may be concluded thatthus
it is important to note thatnote
on the occasion ofduring
provided thatif
regarding the matter ofabout
the majority ofmost
there is a possibility thatmay
with the exception ofexcept
with the intention ofto
with regard toabout
within the confines ofwithin
within the jurisdiction ofunder
in the final analysisfinally
in the majority of instancesusually
it has been found thatwe found
it is our opinion thatwe believe
on a weekly basisweekly
the reason is becausebecause
until such time asuntil
with the purpose offor
at your earliest convenienceas soon as possible
in light of the fact thatsince
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