Removing unnecessary words

Sometimes, text contains unnecessary words. Removing unnecessary words has the following benefits:

The examples are from a project in which a set of old reference manuals was updated. By choosing words carefully, the number of words was decreased. (Decreasing the number of words is not the same as minimalism.)

In the table that follows, the first column shows the old text, and the second column shows the new text. The new text is much shorter than the old text. (Clearly, text cannot always be simplified.)

Good editing decreases the length of text
Old text New text
A feature sometimes referred to as This is called
As a means of entering To enter
Despite the fact that Although
have been designed to provide provide
is also displayed on the screen is displayed
It is important to remember that [none]
It should be borne in mind, however, that if However, if
Respond with Type
Select the command to insert the protocol entry by typing Type
The <name> word processor provides a set of commands to allow you to You can
The spelling checker scans the entire document from the top downwards [none]
The system also provides you with the opportunity to create You can also create
The text can be modified in the required fashion Modify the text
To record the fact that To record that
Type the exact wording of the item you want to encode Type the new code
Using this technique also allows you to move You can move

See also

Translation memory systems decrease the cost of translation

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