Use ordinary words

Short and clear alternatives to long and fussy words

When you are talking to your reader, say what you mean using words your reader will understand. There is no point in using unnecessarily long words. In general, where there is a plain and precise alternative, use it.

Long and fussy word/s Short and clear alternatives
an absence of no, none
abundance enough, plenty
accelerate speed up
accomplish do, finish
accordingly in line with this, so
acknowledge thank you
additional extra, more
advantageous useful, helpful
advise tell, say (unless your are giving advice)
aligned in line, lined up

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