A Two Minute Writing Quiz

We often forget brevity in our writing.  How many times have you read through a verbose description of something or someone, or read a phrase that could have sounded so much better if it had been shorter?

Here’s a pop quiz where you’re asked to substitute 1 word (2 if necessary) for the following phrases.  Have fun.


  1. in this day and age
  2. has the ability to singwriting
  3. was of the opinion that
  4. in a serious manner
  5. prior to that time
  6. did put in an appearance
  7. located in the vicinity of
  8. has a tendency to break
  9. during the same time that
  10. involving too much expense

Now, think of your substitutions.

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