Wordy phrases are the hallmark of Indian business writing. I guess, we inherited it from the British. We think that the more ‘formal’ the word used, the more important we sound! That’s not true. Fewer words make better writing.
Take a look at this sentence: Sanjay believed, but could not confirm that Anita had feelings of affection for him.
Isn’t this simpler?: Sanjay assumed that Anita liked him.
Here are a few wordy phrases we can replace with a single word :
with reference to/ with regard to with about
considering the fact that with since
it is necessary that with must
subsequent to with after
in anticipation of with before.
I have only shared a few examples, but you get the idea, don’t you? Use fewer words.
Would you like to re-write a couple of sentences, removing the wordy phrases? Leave your response in the comments.
1. The position with regard to the shortage of labour in Maharashtra is very serious.
2. Employment does not involve the necessity of obtaining a medical certificate.
Keep it simple and short!