Still Editing

Overused words.

Everyone does it, and if you like me, don’t realise that you are doing it until someone else reads the pages.

I use this cheatsheet * using the ‘FIND’ function in Word -then run the spellcheck on the text, which hopefully will pick up any horrors. Search and replace is a killer.

Some might be valid of course, but at least I have decided to keep them.

*and – but (can indicate run-on sentences)
*that (unnecessary in most sentences) instead of which, and vice versa
*that (when you mean “who”)
*nearly – almost
*seem – appear
*felt – feel
*begin – began
*would – should – could
“*ly” adverbs
*down – up (as in sit down, stand up – can be redundant)
*got – get

So you see, that is why I need all the help I can get!