Wednesday, February 8, 2006

pet peeve

My number one pet peeve is "in order to."  Ninety-nine percent of the time when I see "in order to," it can simply be replaced with "to," with no harm to the content or style of the writing (and often some improvement).  Its closest runner-up, IMHO, is "for the purpose of," which can usually be replaced with "for" or "to."  These phrases repeated frequently in a document signal to me that the writer has not yet achieved a truly sophisticated level of writing or editing. (spl)

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Good points. Also, "with respect to"
can usually be "for," and "in the event
that" can usually be "if."

Posted by: Steven Sholk | Feb 13, 2006 9:27:49 AM

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