Monday, February 21, 2011

QUICK TIP: Cut out Excess Language

by Griffin Moar

Cutting excess words out of your writing is a great way to make your paper sound more polished and professional.  Words like “definitely,” “very,” “really,” “needless to say,” and “kind of” rarely belong in a strong academic paper.  These types of words make you sound unsophisticated as a writer and tentative as a thinker.  Also, while using “I” is generally okay, cut out unnecessary introductions like “I believe” and “I think,” which undermine the confident tone of your argument.

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