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09/14/2015

Writing Help: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Here are some mistakes that you should avoid to improve your writing style.
  1. Due to the fact that Don't you mean because? Feel free to use due to after a linking verb (The student's absence was due to illness.) If for another reason, get rid of it.
  2. He/she is a clunky way to avoid gender bias in writing. Alternate he or she or pluralize (where appropriate).
  3. Kind of or sort of. Hanging with friends, these words are fine. In formal writing, use somewhat, rather, or slightly.
  4. Very, really, quite (and other intensifiers) Mark Twain suggested replacing these words with expletives so your editor will remove them and leave you with a better sentence. Cut out the middle man and just remove them yourself.
  5. Got Got is an ugly word. Avoid it if possible. Use must or have instead.
  6. Had ought or hadn't ought. The auxiliary had is not necessary. You ought to eliminate it.
  7. Interesting Here is one of the most boring words in the English language. Show why something is interesting instead of just saying that it is.
  8. Orientate We never orientate, but always orient or become oriented. The same goes for administrate- we administer a project.
  9. Firstly, secondly, thirdly. Do not use the adverb forms. First, second, and third are correct.

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