Follow the principles below to write sentences that are clear, to the point, and easier to read.Download this handout
Reduce expletive constructions
Expletive constructions are phrases such as:
- it is
- there is
- there are
Try to avoid using them, since these constructions merely obscure the main subject and action of a sentence.
Expletive: It was her last argument that finally persuaded me.
Correction: Her last argument finally persuaded me.
Expletive: There are likely to be many researchers raising questions about this methodological approach.
Correction: Many researchers are likely to raise questions about this methodological approach.
Expletive: It is inevitable that oil prices will rise.
Correction: Oil prices will inevitably rise.