This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips for writing like a pro.
Let’s say you have to fill out a form online and you’re restricted to 100 words. You absolutely cannot add one more word; the system won’t allow it.
So you work it the best you can, but what can you search for in your quest to meet the magic number of words? Tag-ons and redundancies (which aren’t needed, anyway).
In these tag-ons, you can get rid of the second word. It’s tagging along, not adding meaning: [Read more…]