30 Wordy Phrases Beginning with “In”
Among the scores of verbose constructions that can be whittled down (usually) to one word with no loss of, and often with a net gain in, clarity are those phrases in the following sentences beginning with in.
The replacement words are not necessarily the only (or the best) choices, and the sentences could be further refined, but employ this list to help you be on the lookout for — that is, be aware of — phrases like the ones presented below. They need not be automatically excised, but examine your writing for an abundance of such prolixity, and revise at your discretion.
Please submit your report in advance of the meeting.
Please submit your report before the meeting.
We received a check in the amount of $1,000.
We received a check for $1,000.
We’re implementing this policy in an effort to streamline our process.
We’re implementing this policy to streamline our process.
Which section is this question in connection with?
Which section is this question about?
Do not use in excess of the recommended dosage.
Do not use more than the recommended dosage.
Are you in favor of the new system, or do you oppose it?
Are you for the new system, or do you oppose it?
Use Form BFF in lieu of Form OMG.
Use Form BFF instead of Form OMG.
Improvement will be noted in most cases (or instances).
Improvement will usually be noted.
They have changed the procedure in order to reduce the necessary steps.
They have changed the procedure to reduce the necessary steps.
She is attending the meeting in place of her vacationing supervisor.
She is attending the meeting for her vacationing supervisor.
I am in possession of damning evidence.
I have damning evidence.
They are in proximity to the epicenter.
They are close to the epicenter.
We are in receipt of your letter.
We received your letter.
I wasn’t sure what the question was in reference to (or regard to or in relation to).
I wasn’t sure what the question was about.
You will notice these side effects in some instances.
You will sometimes notice these side effects.
In spite of the fact that the box was clearly labeled, he could not find it.
Although the box was clearly labeled, he could not find it.
In terms of reducing costs, the strategy has been a failure.
The strategy has been a failure in reducing costs.
In the absence of Smith as manager, Jones was left in charge.
Without Smith as manager, Jones was left in charge.
In the case of duplication, rename the older file and place it in the Archive folder.
If duplication occurs, rename the older file and place it in the Archive folder.
We were speaking in the context of yesterday’s discussion.
We were speaking about yesterday’s discussion.
In the course of the session, little progress was made.
During the session, little progress was made.
In the event that no decision is made, the current procedure will remain in effect.
If no decision is made, the current procedure will remain in effect.
In the final analysis, it is up to us to decide.
Ultimately, it is up to us to decide.
He will return in the near future.
He will return soon.
It took in the neighborhood of two weeks to complete.
It took about two weeks to complete.
They are in the vicinity of the headquarters now.
They are near the headquarters now.
In view of the fact that you suggested it, I think you should propose it.
Because you suggested it, I think you should propose it.
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