In honor of the local Pearland all-star baseball team going to the Little League World Series (lost to Hawaii – pears beaten to a pulp by pineapples!), I thought I would focus on some wordy windups that are often used prior to the pitch.
The following phrases rarely add any value or meaning to a sentence, so they should be avoided:
It can be seen that …
It has been indicated that …
It is important to remember that …
It should be noted that …
It is imperative that …
At the present time …
Not only are they stuffy, but they border on being patronizing. They remind me of a TV cartoon in which the fox pitcher winds up with multiple backward circles prior to launching the baseball like a rocket, and the ball goes right through the catcher, the umpire, and the backstop fence. “Steeee-RIIIIIIKE!” You can strike these expressions.
There are also several adverbs that are totally unnecessary, such as the word “totally” in the first half of this sentence. Others that fall into this category are:
Only use them if the meaning of the sentence actually changes when they are eliminated. For example, the word “actually” in the above sentence could be removed without changing the meaning, therefore you could and should strike it out.