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It is, There is, There are

Rely on precise phrasing to tighten your writing.

(1) What does a sentence with EMPTY PHRASES look like?

It is important to note that the defendant apologized at the accident scene. [Six words lead into most valuable content.]

(2) Why is using EMPTY PHRASES problematic?

Empty phrases slow reader down because reader must wade through words that do not convey meaning to reach words conveying main message. If you are facing a tight word/page limit for your writing project, eliminating empty phrases is crucial!

(3) How to fix EMPTY PHRASES?

Significantly, the defendant apologized at the accident scene. [One word captures essential meaning.]

(4) What are other EMPTY PHRASES to avoid?

An argument can be made that…

Needless to say…

It goes without saying…