Further to our much appreciated series of ‘Indianisms’ concluding in the December 2011 issue, Think Tip’s new series brings you suggestions with examples of how to simplify your language.

We spend a great deal of time in written correspondence, whether through letters or emails. A good aid to write crisp and clear language is by eliminating unnecessary words and phrases which we have unconsciously been using.

Our suggested substitution is not merely simple and plain. It is direct and powerful: more effective therefore. Try it!

Simple substitutes for words and phrases which we commonly use:

Example 1

There was an abundance of solutions discussed in the meeting.

Simple way : There were plenty of solutions discussed in the meeting.

Example 2

It took hours to breach the security code.

Simple way : It took hours to break the security code.

Example 3

You are expected to guide the project till its completion.

Simple way : You are expected to guide the project till its end.