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Do not put statements in the negative form; And don't start sentences with a conjunction; If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a; great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing; Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do; Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all; De-accession euphemisms; If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is; Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky; Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague;
Do not put statements in the negative form; And don't start sentences with a conjunction; If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a; great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing; Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do; Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all; De-accession euphemisms; If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is; Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky; Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; - by William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"
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