Writing Skills: Avoid Circumlocutions

Circumlocution is using lots of words to describe something simple. Writing well involves avoiding circumlocutions as much as you can.  Here are a few circumlocutions and some plain English alternatives.

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Table: List of Circumlocutions
Rather than... Try...
to a large extent largely
until such point in time as until
I am in the possession of I have
arises from the fact that is because
I am in the position to I can
in the country/State/Province of in
is defined and will be construed to mean means
is of the same opinion agrees
it can be stated with some certainty that delete
it has been found that delete
it is imperative that you you must
it is well worth pointing out that delete
made the acquaintance of met
notwithstanding the fact still or even though
the fact that delete
our attention has been drawn to the fact that delete
providing conditions are such that if
subsequent to the commencement of later or following
what is important is delete
was located in the vicinity of was near

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