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Monday, June 16, 2008

Criminal Sentence 37: "There Are" Better Ways to Say It

Writers love the phrase "there are" (or "there is"). For example:

"There are three girls standing over there."

This is just wordy. I feel it's almost always best to cut out unnecessary cases of "there":

"Three girls are standing over there."

Many times, you can get rid of a boring "to be" verb (such as "are" and "is"):

You can turn "There are six students who attend the school"
into
"Six students attend the school"
and you save three words.

4 comments:

Susie Larson said...

I just read your article from WD. Excellent job! Glad I found you!

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Thanks, Susie! Which article did you read? Are you taking the lesson to heart? Let me know if you have any questions.

Susie Larson said...

Um, I think I meant to write, "I just read your article IN WD."

I'm a published author and yet I'm suddenly feeling very self aware! Ha ha

Next time I'll move a little slower and check my work before I post.

I look forward to reading your blog.

Thanks so much~

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Sure thing! I welcome any of your comments.
Bonnie