Here is another set of words and/or phrases that can cause problems with your writing.
- As to whether. Use whether; it is whether or not. If you are not showing an alternative, use if.
- Basically, essentially, totally. Try the sentence without them. Minimize “ly” words.
- Equally as. Use equally important or as important as, but not equally as important.
- Got. Try to avoid it. I have got to must begin working on it now. I have got three pairs of jeans.
- In order to. Particularly annoying to me. Use to.
- Lots or lots of. Avoid these when you can use many or much. Lots of something is considered plural. Also, a lot of requires three words not alot of.
- Orientate. New employees become oriented, not orientated.
- Plus. This word should not be used as a conjunction. Use and instead.
- Point in time. Use at this time or at this point or now.
- So as to. A simple to will do.