Conciseness Exercise (419)
Simplify the following sentences by making them more concise and direct.
Answers and Explanations
Original: They are cognizant of the problem.
Correct : They know about the problem.
Replace complicated words with simple synonyms.
Original: We are in the process of seeking a solution.
Correct : We are seeking a solution.
Avoid noun phrases that include vague nouns.
Original: The opinion of my neighbor is that I should call the city planning office.
Correct : My neighbor’s opinion is that I should call the city planning office.
Replace prepositional phrases referring to possession with a phrase that includes the possessive form of a noun.
Original: The clues are suggestive of an inside job.
Correct : The clues suggest an inside job.
Reduce a wordy verb phrase to a verb.
Original: The acquisition of the company will result in our domination of the market.
Correct : If we acquire the company, we will dominate the market.
Reduce nominalizations (word forms in which a verb has been converted into a noun) to verbs.