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Qualifiers

Words such as very, literally, quite, somewhat, rather contribute little—if any—meaning to business writing, and can often be eliminated.

Time-waster: Simmons is rather well-known.
Time-saver: Simmons is well-known.
Time-waster: I certainly agree with you that…
Time-saver: I agree with you that…
Time-waster: The problems in the shipping department have been entirely eliminated.
Time-saver: The shipping department problems have been eliminated.
Time-waster: The scaffolding suddenly collapsed, injuring two workers rather seriously.
Time-saver: The scaffolding collapsed, seriously injuring two workers.



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