Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today's Writing Tip Is Take a Listen

Over the last year or two, I’ve heard a number of newscasters use the expression, "take a listen." I don't know where that came from. Why do we need two verbs? Why not just say, "Listen"?

There are other instances where people routinely use two or even three verbs. "Alejandro was going to go see his mother." A cleaner version of that sentence would be: "Alejandro was going to see his mother.”

Be aware when you're using more words than necessary. Simplicity allows your message to come through clearly without any distractions.

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