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  1. Punctuate THIS!

    Punctuate THIS! Member

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    "wordiness"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Oct 8, 2009.

    Infrequently, my computer will accuse me of "wordiness." It only happens about in 1/50 sentences overall. The stones get thrown the most when I use "so as to" instead of just "to."

    Is this really such a horrable sin?
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    yes, it is a 'horrable' (sic) sin, imo!

    and it's probably the most oft-committed sin among the thousands of new writers i've mentored and helped over the years...
     
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    It is also a sin of many old and revered writers, especially when their book sales reach the point that publishers will aqccept whatever they submit wothout editing.

    I praise the editor who made Stephen King sborten The Stand to it's original published version. Unfortunately, Mr. King felt the public deserved the full version, like a repeat offender deserves a longer incarceration.
     
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    In conclusion, I would like to say that . . .
    I conclude that . . .
     
  5. Punctuate THIS!

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    Yikes. I'm going to have to keep an eye on that!
     

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