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Avoid unnecessary repetition of words

Though some words may be repeated deliberately for effect, repetitions will seem awkward if they are clearly unnecesary. When a shorter, more concise form is possible, always choose it and use it.

  Example of concise language


Try to be economical with words:

  • never use a long word when a short word will do
  • if it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out.

(George Orwell, 'Politics and the English language')


Activity 9




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