"Many sentences can be improved by surface trimming" (Cappon 7).
After reading the first two chapters of Cappon's book, I thought that this sentence was very important whether writing a news article or writing an academic paper.
It seems to be almost habit to us, but if we eliminate just a few words from a sentence, then we can make it stand out and have more meaning.
Original (random) Example: The professor assigned several long assignments in Math class, but the result was positive learning and helped make the student a more dedicated life-long learner.
Original (random) Example with surface cleaning: The professor assigned several assignments in Math class, but the result helped make the student a life-long learner.
This was just a quick example of making a sentence crisper and more direct. Sometimes, we add words into sentences in order to make them sound better. I understand that this is easier said than done, but it is something that we must practice in order to learn and understand.
Overall, "Wasted Words, Wasted Space" is very important because if we are writing a news article and put in fluff or un-necessary words, then our readers will not want to read it.
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