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.