NSU Publications Style Manual

40 Below are some examples of common cliches, wordy phrases, and redundancies and how to avoid them. To Avoid Cliches and Wordy Phrases .............................................................. Use Natural Language A total of five students . ........................................................................................... Five students As a result of ............................................................................................................. Because At a later date ........................................................................................................... Later At the present time .................................................................................................. Now At this point in time ................................................................................................ Now Due to the fact that .................................................................................................. Since/Because During the time that ................................................................................................ While Enclosed please find ................................................................................................. I’m enclosing Entitled . .................................................................................................................... Titled Following . ................................................................................................................. After For the purpose of ..................................................................................................... For Formulate .................................................................................................................. Make In accordance with ................................................................................................... Since In all cases ................................................................................................................. Always In compliance with your request ............................................................................. As you requested In order to ................................................................................................................. To In regard to . .............................................................................................................. About In the amount of . ..................................................................................................... For In the event that ...................................................................................................... If In the majority of instances ..................................................................................... Usually In the near future . .................................................................................................... Soon Of the opinion that .................................................................................................. Believe/Think On a daily basis.......................................................................................................... Daily Prior to ...................................................................................................................... Before Subsequent to ........................................................................................................... After Utilize ........................................................................................................................ Use With the exception of .............................................................................................. Except To Avoid Redundancies ...................................................................................... Use 7:00 in the morning ................................................................................................. 7:00 a.m. Absolutely essential .................................................................................................. Essential Advanced planning .................................................................................................. Planning Biography of his/her life ........................................................................................... Biography Blue in color ............................................................................................................. Blue Carefully scrutinize ................................................................................................... Scrutinize Complete monopoly ................................................................................................. Monopoly Consensus of opinion ............................................................................................... Consensus Entirely eliminated ................................................................................................... Eliminated Few in number .......................................................................................................... Few Free gift ..................................................................................................................... Gift New innovations ...................................................................................................... Innovations One and the same .................................................................................................... The same Past experience ......................................................................................................... Experience Past history ................................................................................................................ History Personal opinion ....................................................................................................... Opinion Plan for the future .................................................................................................... Plan Postpone until later .................................................................................................. Postpone Refer back ................................................................................................................. Refer Small in size .............................................................................................................. Small Study in depth .......................................................................................................... Study Surrounded on all sides ............................................................................................ Surrounded Very/really/extremely unique ................................................................................... Unique Visible to the eye ...................................................................................................... Visible Using Concise Language

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