rules against wordiness

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  • We sin: write the first thought, miss the best order, and then add is, was, of, by, to-be, there, there are, it is, which, who, whom.
  • Promote a noun into a verb.
  • Remove un-needed words (e.g. advance notice is notice, each separate incident is each incident).
  • Avoid passive voice (e.g. It has been decided that your draft…for) which sounds committee-ish.
  • Active voice is object-verb-subject (e.g. Joe was hit by the ball) NOT subject-verb-object (the ball hit joe).
  • Eliminate of’s and their nouns, change “which” clauses ...
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