Are you a chatty writer and it all gets a bit longwinded? Fortunately, there are several ways to tighten up your writing.

One way is to avoid or delete words that double up on meaning. These are called tautologies.

Here are a few examples. The words you don’t need are in bold:

  • We enjoyed the evening sunset.
  • He talked about the organisation’s past history.
  • We explored various different options.
  • They tried to completely eliminate all tautologies.
  • They may possibly improve their writing now.
  • However, repeating the mistake again is common.

Does this resonate with you? Keep a look out for tautologies when you write.

And once you start spotting them in people’s speech, you’ll realise how common they are.

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