Can you write fewer words and keep the meaning you intended? Of course! If you seek to “find a remedy for” a situation, you simply want to “fix” it. Eliminating needless words can make your writing more concise and impactful. Here’s our latest list.



mutual respect for each other

shiny in appearance

vanish into thin air

any number of tactics

filled to capacity

complete stranger

are currently engaged

pairing together

the tools they employed  their tools

acres of land

fewer in number

never at any time


Replace with one word

voiced approval    approved

find a remedy for [a situation]    fix [a situation]

ongoing irregularity    constipation

ahead of schedule    early

conduct an investigation    investigate

on a temporary basis    temporarily

a large number of    many

happened in the past    occurred