The Importance of Readability
Now, you might be wondering exactly what readability is.
Readability refers to how easy, enjoyable, and interesting a piece of writing is to read. And one of the main features of readable text is a lack of repetition.
Here are three tips to help you reduce repetition in your writing:
1. Avoid having the same word twice in a sentence
This one is HUGE.
When a word is unnecessarily repeated, the sentence comes across as awkward and clumsy. Let’s consider an example:
- The boy turned on the TV because the boy wanted to watch cartoons.
The statement above is grammatically correct but clunky. Here’s how to fix it:
- The boy turned on the TV because he wanted to watch cartoons.
That’s better! By adding a pronoun, we can improve readability.
2. Make use of synonyms to vary your word choice
Building on point #1, we can use synonyms to keep from repeating the same word.
Instead of overusing ‘very good’ as a descriptor, choose adjectives like ‘terrific’, ‘excellent’, ‘amazing’, or ‘incredible’. For example, take a look at this article about some useful synonyms.
Also, if you don’t know any alternatives for a particular word, you can consult a thesaurus or even use the built-in synonym lookup feature that some word processors have.
3. When summarizing a point, use different phrasing
Sometimes, you need to summarize information or reiterate an idea. However, the writing becomes redundant if you use the exact same phrasing. Let’s take a look at another example:
- We need to finish the work quickly since the deadline is nearing.
If you want to restate this point, you can reword it like so:
- As the work must be completed soon, we have to hurry and finish up.
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There you have it! Keep these three pointers in mind while polishing up your sentences to help improve the fluidity of your writing.
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