Diction Exercise (366)

Edit the following sentences to replace the words in parenthesis with a single word that means the same thing. One sentence contains a phrase that may be eliminated entirely without changing the meaning of the statement. Be sure to remove the parentheses before submitting your answers.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The best course of action for this company (at this point in time) is to lay off ten workers.
Correct : The best course of action for this company now is to lay off ten workers.

2.
Original: (In light of the fact that) no one is buying this product, we are discontinuing it.
Correct : Because no one is buying this product, we are discontinuing it.

3.
Original: (As a matter of fact), we are going to build a new central office next year.
Correct : We are going to build a new central office next year.

4.
Original: If we are going to keep up with the competition, we must get this widget to market (in a timely fashion).
Correct : If we are going to keep up with the competition, we must get this widget to market quickly.

5.
Original: Be ready to change your plans (in the event) there’s an economic downturn.
Correct : Be ready to change your plans if there’s an economic downturn.

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