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Christyp
04-07-2010, 06:34 PM
After reading the words to weed out, I got curious and used the "find" option and looked up "that". Yeah...I had alot of unnecessary "that"s in my MS! Guess I'll be weeding through all that today! What's your biggest culprit?

CaroGirl
04-07-2010, 06:41 PM
"just"

defyalllogic
04-07-2010, 06:41 PM
rather than general find I like the visual tools for this. I used "like" and "and" a lot

http://www.wordle.net/
AND i love playing with wordle but someone just introduced me to this handy site where you can also click on the offending word and it will give you a little map of synonyms...

http://www.wordsift.com/visualize

i know on wordle you can choose a word and remove it. maybe a character's name or "the"... not sure if that works on the other one

Kateness
04-07-2010, 06:44 PM
I'm a big 'that' overuser as well; I've recently gone on a personal quest to rip out as many as possible.

Also use a lot of unnecessary 'had'

shaldna
04-07-2010, 06:47 PM
quite

Maryn
04-07-2010, 07:02 PM
I'm a really abuser.

Maryn, admitting it

Medievalist
04-07-2010, 08:24 PM
Do check out Roger C Carlson's MS Word tools for editing help (Windows versions of MS Word only).

http://www.rogerjcarlson.com/WritingHelp/TechTips.html

Jamesaritchie
04-08-2010, 01:18 AM
After reading the words to weed out, I got curious and used the "find" option and looked up "that". Yeah...I had alot of unnecessary "that"s in my MS! Guess I'll be weeding through all that today! What's your biggest culprit?

Not to be too picky, but now you need to search for "alot". It should be two words, not one.

Shadow_Ferret
04-08-2010, 01:20 AM
I have a big but problem.

Tepelus
04-08-2010, 01:33 AM
Look is my biggest culprit. I need to rewrite those sentences and cut out most of them, when the time comes.

shaldna
04-08-2010, 12:13 PM
ugh. I just checked and I used the word 'slightly' 57 times in my WIP.

Maryn
04-08-2010, 04:35 PM
That's slightly too many?

Maryn, unable to resist

Christyp
04-08-2010, 04:37 PM
Jamesaritchie, I don't bother, my computer catches it and seperates it for me. You should hear how I talk, I say anyways with an 's' and ya'll all the time!

Phaeal
04-08-2010, 04:41 PM
Don't allot a lot of "alots," as none will do.

;)

Jamesaritchie
04-08-2010, 04:51 PM
Jamesaritchie, I don't bother, my computer catches it and seperates it for me. You should hear how I talk, I say anyways with an 's' and ya'll all the time!


I let my computer catch some things, too. But it's a bad habit I'm trying to break. That's the trouble with computers. We let them catch our mistakes, and we start sounding illiterate.