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Chapter 32. Keep It Short > Tighten and Brighen

Tighten and Brighen

  Review how to keep it short by circling the correct answer(s) within the following multiple-choice statements.
  1. The best way to describe someone who talks a lot is (garrulous, talkative, loquacious).

  2. Readers most easily comprehend sentences that are (21 words, 54 words, or 98 words) in length.

  3. If your sentence contains the same meaning after eliminating these words, you should avoid beginning a statement with (subjects, pronouns, “there is”).

  4. (Brief moment, past experience, serious crisis) is redundant.

  5. You often can improve a sentence by changing a clause into (an adjective, an adverb, a phrase).

  1. talkative; 2. 21 words; 3. there is; 4. all; 5. adjective.




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