Answered By: Paul Lai
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2015     Views: 210

It can be important in academic writing to be concise, both to help with the clarity of your ideas and to keep within word count for particular assignments.

The following are tips for being concise in your writing:

  • Use direct language. Avoid using sentences that use "there are" or "here is" in their construction.
  • Use active, direct verbs. (e.g., "He ate the apple" rather than "The apple was eaten by him.")
  • Delete any words that give unnecessary emphasis (e.g., "very," "really").
  • Cut out any unnecessary description.
  • Remove any information that is not essential to the core sentence. You can always go back and insert details if you feel they are relevant.
  • Use simple sentences—you can always go back to vary your sentence structure.
  • Choose clear, specific words.


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