# Tidy up wordy phrases

## Make sentences concise by eliminating wordy phrases.

Wordy: In a situation in which a class is overenrolled, you may request that the instructor force-add you.
Concise: When a class is overenrolled, you may ask the instructor to force-add you.

Wordy: I will now make a few observations concerning the matter of contingency funds.
Concise: I will now make a few observations about contingency funds.

Wordy: There is a need for more careful inspection of all welds.
Concise: You must inspect all welds more carefully.
Inspect all welds more carefully.
(Williams, 1985, p. 79)

## Words to use

Here are some words you can use to de-clutter wordy phrases:

• the reason for
• for the reason that
• due to the fact that
• owing to the fact that
• in light of the fact that
• considering the fact that
• on the grounds that
• this is why

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• because, since, why

• despite the fact that
• regardless of the fact that
• notwithstanding the fact that

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• although, even, though

• in the event that
• if it should transpire/happen that
• under circumstances in which

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• if

• on the occasion of
• in a situation in which
• under circumstances in which

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• when

• as regards
• in reference to
• with regard to
• concerning the matter of
• where . . . is concerned

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• it is crucial that
• it is necessary that
• there is a need/necessity for
• it is important that
• it is incumbent upon
• cannot be avoided

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• must, should

• is able to
• has the opportunity to
• is in a position to
• has the capacity for
• has the ability to

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• can

• it is possible that
• there is a chance that
• it could happen that
• the possibility exists for

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• may, might, can, could

• prior to
• in anticipation of
• subsequent to
• following on
• at the same time as
• simultaneously with

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• before, after, as