cut-glutWe’ve all read those mission statements or fundraising appeals that seem to have smart ideas, but when you take a closer look you realize they just have a lot of words.

Shorter is nearly always better. Replace these wordy phrases with their concise alternatives.

  • a majority of = most
  • a sufficient amount of = enough
  • according to our data = we find
  • after the conclusion of = after
  • along the lines of = like
  • are in receipt of = have
  • ascertain the location of = find
  • at such time as = when
  • at the present time = now
  • at this point in time = now
  • be deficient in = lack
  • be in a position to = can, be able
  • by a factor of two = doubled, twice
  • by means of = by
  • despite the fact that = although
  • due to the fact that = because
  • during the time that = while
  • for the purpose of = to, for
  • for the reason that = because
  • for this reason = thus, therefore
  • happens to be = is
  • has been proved to be = is
  • have to have = need
  • if and when = use either if or when
  • if conditions are such that = if
  • in a number of = several, many
  • in all cases = always
  • in close proximity to = near
  • in excess of = more than
  • in many cases = often
  • in most cases = usually
  • in no case = never
  • in order that = so that
  • in order to = to
  • in some cases = sometimes
  • in terms of = in
  • in the amount of = for
  • in the neighborhood of = near, about, or nearly
  • in view of the fact that = because or since
  • in the case of = for
  • in the event that = if
  • in the near future = soon
  • in the vicinity of = near
  • is found to be = is
  • is in a position to = can
  • it is our opinion that = we think
  • it is possible that = perhaps
  • manner in which = how
  • not withstanding the fact that = although
  • on the basis of = from, because, or by
  • on the order of = about
  • provided that = if
  • serves the function of being = is
  • the question as to = whether
  • there can be little doubt that = probably
  • unless or until = use either unless or until
  • utilize or utilization = use
  • with reference to = about

 

Published On: September 21, 2016|Categories: Nonprofit Writing|

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