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William Strunk, Jr.

Omit needless words.

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It is worse to be irresolute than to be wrong.

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If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it loud!

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Make definite assertions. Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, non-committal language.

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A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

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Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

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