Avoid

Terms

  • “I hope” (implies uncertainty)
  • “Righteous” (that would imply that right is better than left)
  • “Thing” or “Stuff”
  • “Better” (implies comparison)
  • Contractions
  • Absolutes and hedging
  • Split infinitives
  • Stringing trite phrases together
  • Gerunds
  • Auxiliary verbs
  • Nominalization
  • Acronyms
  • Jargon
  • Titles for people
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Redundancy
  • Noun stacks (break up with prepositions)

Grammar

  • Dangling or misplaced modifiers
  • Dangling participial phrases
  • Faulty predication
  • Elliptical constructions
  • Faulty subordination
  • Loose sentences (unfamiliar information in the beginning of the sentence)
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