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‘Close’ Proximity, ‘End’ Result, and More Redundant Words to Delete From Your Writing

Advice on extraneous words from the Random House copy chief

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There’s a lot of deleting in copyediting, not just of the “very”s and “rather”s and “quite”s and excrescent “that”s with which we all encase our prose like so much Bubble Wrap and packing peanuts, but of restatements of…

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Benjamin Dreyer

Benjamin Dreyer

Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House, and the author of Dreyer’s English.