Say it in many, many words

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 10, 2009

Here are the most common circumlocutions and their single-word equivalents:

“at this point in time,” “at the present moment” (“now”); “at that point in time” (“then”); “the reason for,” “for the reason that,” “owing to the fact that,” “due to the fact that,” “in the light of the fact that,” “considering the fact that,” “on the grounds that,” (“because,” “since,” “why”); “it is apparent therefore that” (“hence”); “on two separate occasions” (“twice”); “take into consideration” (“consider”); “in the event that” (“if”); “in the not too distant future” (“soon”); “by means of” (“by”); “is able to,” “has the opportunity to,” “has the capacity for,” “has the ability to” (“can”); “in order to” (“to”); “during the course of” (“during”); “prior to the time that” (“before”);
“in spite of the fact that” (“although”); “during the time that” (“when,” “while”); “on the occasion of,” “in a situation in which,” “under circumstances in which” (“when”); “in the vicinity of” (“near”); “as regards,” “in reference to,” “with regard to,” “concerning the matter of” (“about”); “it is crucial that,” “it is necessary that,” “there is a need/necessity for,” “it is important that” (“must,” “should”); “it is possible that,” “there is a chance that,” “it could happen that,” “the possibility exists for” (“may,” “might,” “could”); “a large proportion of” (“many”); “are in possession of” (“have”).
Making it a habit to use the single-word equivalents of these circumlocutions could do wonders to your speech.

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