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Clear Up Your Writing by Avoiding These Mistakes

These common mistakes will make your writing sound unprofessional, confusing, or worse. Make sure to avoid them in your writing assignments.
  1. 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.
  2. Kind of or sort of. Hanging with friends, these words are fine. In formal writing, use somewhat, rather, or slightly.
  3. Each and every A problem for the Department of Redundancy Department. Just use one or the other.
  4. Suppose to, use to. Do not forget the hard d at the end of these words, though they may appear silent in speech. "We used to play baseball" or "We were supposed to autograph baseball cards."
  5. Literally Many times, what you mean to say is figuratively. If you are literally dying from so much work, you mean that you are figuratively dying, but you should probably avoid using either word.
  6. Equally as Check the word order on this one. You want to say equally important or as important as, but not equally as important.
  7. Per Unless writing legalese or technical jargon, where its use is appropriate, substitute according to instead.
  8. Being that or being as These are poor substitutes for the standard because.

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