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Good writing is clear. If a word, a phrase, or a sentence does not have a purpose, take it out. Make each word count. A simple exercise can help you do this: Once you are done with a draft, reduce the word count by 30% without changing the content or meaning. Some examples of unnecessary words that clutter from page 39 of Strunk, White & Kalman (2000). Elements of Style (4th ed.). N.Y: Penguin (This, by the way, is how to properly reference a certain edition according to APA style guidelines.) * the question as to whether- whether (or the question whether) * that story is a strange one- that story is strange * he is a man who- he * used for fuel purposes-used for fuel * the reason why is that- the reason why

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