As a group, writers enjoy sharing ideas to improve our craft. Here are some ways to trim our writing. Readers will appreciate us removing these common redundancies and flabby expressions.
Is it possible to connect any other way? I don’t think so. e.g. Connect together the multiple sightings of UFOs and you get a better idea of why some folk believe in alien visits. Try: Connect the multiple sightings of UFOs and you get a better idea of why some folk believe in alien visits.
I might add:
Or I might not, I suppose. It’s flabby, so let’s avoid it, shall we? e.g. I’ve seen several UFOs, I might add. Try: I’ve seen several UFOs. (In fact, I haven’t seen a single UFO.)
Same exact/Exact same:
If it’s the same, it’s the same. If it isn’t the same, it’s different (though, I’ll grant you, it can be almost the same, in which case, it’s similar). e.g. He said he saw the exact same UFO as the others. Try: He said he saw the same UFO as the others.
Reading these posts and nodding sagely won’t improve your writing. Stay alert to extraneous words that sneak into text, or they’ll slide in unnoticed. Include this check as part of your editing process, and you’ll catch most offenders. Fiction writers should remember that real people use redundancy and meaningless expressions when talking, so dialogue can be made more natural by occasionally including these.
The suggestions here are intended to make us think about what we write, examine our words, and help us improve our writing. Rules about writing form useful guides but shouldn’t be considered as set in stone. Always bear in mind George Orwell’s wise words on grammar; ‘Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.’