Truth 21. You don’t need grammar drills to spot your writing problems

When your writing is weak and awkward, look for clues that signal a problem. You can almost always simplify, shorten, and clarify. Sometimes you can solve a tough problem by throwing out the whole sentence or writing a new one. Be aware of the following signs that a sentence can work better, and you’re on the road to better writing without having to think about grammar.

Heavy use of the word of

The CEO of the company that produces cosmetics made of pomegranate oil is of the opinion that demand will grow.

Why not:

The CEO believes that demand for the company’s pomegranate oil products will grow.

What’s wrong with this?

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