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Tight writing / 12 октября 2007 г.

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Another fact to be noted (fat)

(delete) (lean suggestion)

— A —

Another fact to be noted

(delete)

Arrived at the scene

Arrived

At about 9 p.m.

About 9 p.m. or At 9 p.m.

And also

And

A.M. this morning

A.M.

A set of severe penalties

Severe penalties

A bolt of lightning

Lightning

A great many times

Often, frequently

A greater number of

More

A little less than

Almost

A small number

Few

A large number of

Many

A period of

(delete)

A sufficient number of

Enough

About the year 1970

About 1970

Approved passage of

Passed

Approved acceptance of

Accepted

A majority of

Most

Along these lines

(delete)

A grouchy frame of mind

Grouchy

Assistance

Help

An all-time record

A record

According to

Said

An authority in his own right

An authority

At the age of 16

At 16

Absolute guarantee

Guarantee

Accidentally stumbled

Stumbled

Acres of land

Acres

Assessed a fine

Fined

Advance planning

Planning

All of a sudden

Suddenly

Advance reservations

Reservations

Already existing

Existing

Ample enough

Ample

Angry mob

Mob

Armed robbery

Robbery

Arrived here (or there)

Arrived

As a general rule

Usually

As in the case of

Like

Acts of a hostile nature

Hostile acts

At this point in time

Now

Approximately

About

Attempted

Tried

At some point

(delete)

Altogether

(usually can be deleted)

At a later date

Later

At that time

Then

At the present time

Now

At which time

When

At the conclusion of

After

At the rear of

Behind

Auction sale

Auction

At the intersection of A and B streets

At A and B streets

— B —

Bitter quarrel

Quarrel

Bouquet of flowers

Bouquet

Brown-colored blanket

Brown blanket

Bewildering array

Array

Badly decomposed body

Decomposed body

Because of the fact that

Because

Baby girl was bom

Girl was born

Bald-headed

Bald

Basic fundamentals

Fundamentals

Brought to a screeching halt

Halted

Budding genius

(delete)

Be aware of the fact that

Recognize, realize

Between the ages of 16 and 18

Between 16 and 18

— C —

Combined into one

Combined

Collie dog

Collie

Close scrutiny

Scrutiny

Climb up

Climb

Came to a stop

Stopped

Call attention to the fact that

Remind

Cannot be possible

Cannot be

Captured the victory

Won

Compiled a 15 and 12 record

Won 15 and lost 12

Conscious effort

Effort

Charged in connection with the death of

Charged with the death of

Commute back and forth

Commute

Complete monopoly

Monopoly

Completely separated

Separated

Completely filled

Filled

Completely surrounded

Surrounded

Completely destroyed

Destroyed

Contained the epidemic to keep it from spreading

Contained the epidemic

Consensus of opinion

Consensus

Continue on

Continue

Constructing another new wing

Constructing another wing

Currently

(Usually can be deleted)

Corpulent

Fat

Check it out

Check

Convicted on charges of

Convicted of

Can’t hardly

Hardly

Controversial disputes

Disputes

Current trend

Trend

— D —

During the summer months

During the summer

Dwindled down

Dwindled

Did not pay attention to

Ignored

Dead body

Body

Despite the fact that

Although

Draw to a conclusion

End

Due to the fact that

Because

Different kinds

Kinds

Detailed information

Details

Disclosed for the first time

Disclosed, revealed

Dates back to

Dates to

— E —

Exact replica

Replica

Estimated roughly at

Estimated at

End result

Result

Extra bonus

Bonus

Earmarked specifically

Earmarked

Existing

(usually can be deleted)

Entirely destroyed

Destroyed

Equally as

Equally

Entered as a bid

Bid

Easter Sunday

Easter

Empty cavity

Cavity

Expressed the viewpoint

Said, opined

Exchanged wedding vows

Married

Each year

Annually

Every week

Weekly

Every day

Daily

— F —

Foreign imports

Imports

Finally ended

Ended

First began

Began

Filled to capacity

Filled

Final climax

Climax

Few in number

Few

Five different styles

Five styles

Following

After

Filed suit against

Sued

For the benefit of

For

Fund-raising event

Fund-raiser

Firstly

First

Funeral service

Funeral

Future plans

Plans

Floor carpet

Carpet

Flame-engulfed inferno

Inferno

Full-size replica

Replica

Fishing trawler

Trawler

Free gift

Gift

Free pass

Pass

Fused together

Fused

Faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $100 fine or both

Faces up to five years in prison and a $100 fine

— G —

General conclusion, overall conclusion

Conclusion

Gave birth to a baby boy

Gave birth to a boy

Golden wedding anniversary

Golden anniversary

General public

Public

Grand total

Total

Green with envy

(delete)

Guest speaker

Speaker

— H —

Human being

Human

Hot water heater

Water heater

Herculean

(delete)

He has got to

He has to

He started out to

He began

Hidden pitfall

Pitfall

Hostile antagonist

Antagonist

His proposal includes

His proposal is

Huge throng

Throng

Heat up

Heat

His explanation is a strange one

His explanation is strange

He said consolingly

He consoled

He is a man who

He

High-speed chase

Chase

He said that he

He said he

He put the blame squarely on

He blamed

He has been married and divorced

He has been divorced

— I —

In the event that

If

Incumbent congressman

Congressman

Is going to

Will

Invited guests

Guests

Is opposed to

Opposes

In respect to

About, on

In spite of

Despite

In a state of crisis

In a crisis

In a short period of time

Shortly

Is presently doing

Is doing

In order to

To

Is in the process of building

Is building

In back of

Behind

If that were the case

If so

In excess of

More

Important essentials

Essentials

Indicted on a charge

Indicted

In light of the fact that

Considering

In the immediate vicinity of

New

In the absence of

Without

In reference to

About

In the near future

Soon

In connection with

In

It was not long before he was very sorry that he had said what he had

He soon regretted saying that

I was unaware of the fact that

I didn’t know

In the not too distant future

Eventually

In case of

If

In order to achieve

To achieve

In a hasty manner

Hastily

In spite of the fact that

Though, although

In many cases, mistakes were made

Mistakes were made

In the neighborhood of

About

In addition to

And, besides, also

Introduced a new idea

Introduced an idea

Is a resident of New York

Lives in New York

Is in the process of making an application

Is applying

In the event of

If

In the recent past

Recently

Is going to be held

Will be held

In alphabetical order

Alphabetically

— J —

John Doe said he thinks that he

John Doe said he

John Doe said he was not able to

John Doe said he was unable to

Jewish rabbi

Rabbi

— K —

Kept under surveillance

Watched

Killed outright

Killed

Kept steady company

Kept company

— L —

Long chronic illness

Long illness, chronic illness

Large-sized beast

Large beast

Located at

At

Literally destroyed

Destroyed

Last Thursday

Thursday

Learning process

Learning

Liftup

Lift

Last of all

Last

Look to see if

See if

Last but not least

(delete)

— M —

Made good his escape

Escaped

Managed to win

Won

Manufacturing plant

Plant

Monies

Money

Made contributions to

Contributed to

Massive size

Massive

Married his wife

Married

Major portion of

Most of

Murals on the wall

Murals

Matinee performance

Matinee

Meet for the selection of

Meet to select

Mental telepathy

Telepathy

Made it clear that

Stressed, explained

Made allegations (accusations) that

Alleged, accused

Muchly

Much

May expand in the future

May expand

Meets the eye

(delete)

Midway between

Between

Merged together

Merged

Method to his madness

(delete)

— N —

New track record

New record

New innovation

Innovation

New construction

Construction

New bride

Bride

Net income

Profit

Needlessly wordy

Wordy

Numerous different things

(delete first or second word)

Numerous

Many

Now

(usually can be deleted)

Negatively affect property values

Lower property values

Not difficult

Easy

Null and void

Void

Not any one of the two

Neither

Noon luncheon

Luncheon

Now recruit

Recruit

None at all

None

Newly created

New

Not guilty

Innocent

— O —

Off of

Off

Old traditions of the past

Traditions

On a stretch of road

On a road

On behalf of

For

On account of

Because

One of the reasons why people

One of the reasons people

Ongoing

(usually can be deleted)

Over the age of 16

Over 16

Old adage, cliche

Adage, cliche

Officiated at the ceremony of

Officiated at

Official business

Business

Opens its session today

Opens today

Overly

Over

Owing to the fact that

Since, because

On a continuing basis

Continually

On two different occasions

Twice

Once in a great while

Seldom, rarely

— P —

Posted a victory

Won

Past experience

Experience

Partially damaged, destroyed

Damaged, destroyed

Probed into

Probed

Past records

Records

Past history

History

Put in an appearance

Appeared

Prior to

Before

Placed under arrest

Arrested

P.M. tonight

P.M.

Pleaded guilty to a charge of murder

Pleaded guilty to murder

Pristine wilderness

Wilderness

Presented his statement

Said

Placed a seal of approval on

Approved

Personal friendship

Friendship

Personal charm

Charm

Portable walkie-talkie

Walkie-talkie

Private industry, business

Industry, business

Presently planned

Planned

Prerecorded

Recorded

Preprogrammed

Programmed

Postponed until later

Postponed

Promoted to the rank of

Promoted

Professor of psychology

Psychology professor

Proposed project

Project

— Q —

Qualified expert

Expert

— R —

Refer back

Refer

Reduce down

Reduce

Rustic country

(use one or the other)

Rejected a proposal

Refused

Remand back

Remand

Repeat again

Repeat

Revise downward

Lower

Recorded the victory

Won

Revenues

Revenue

Registered his objections

Objected

Rendered inoperative

Doesn’t work

Receded back

Receded

Received his education at

Attended

Recur again

Recur

Rough rule of thumb

Rule of thumb

Rise up

Rise

Reported to the effect that

Reported

Rose to the defense of

Defended

— s —

Served as

Was

Started off with

Started with

Stood trial

Tried

Since the time when

Since

Sahara Desert

Sahara

Split down the middle

Split

Surprising upset

Upset

Short period of time

Short time

Sierra Mountains

Sierras

Self-confessed

Confessed

Said earlier this month

Said this month

Sentenced to a term of five years

Sentenced to five years

Such are the vicissitudes of daily existence

That’s life

Strangled to death

Strangled

Still persists

Persists

Suddenly collapsed, died, exploded

Collapsed, died, exploded

Sprung a surprise

Surprised

Soaked to the bone

Soaked

Specific example

Example

Sworn affidavits

Affidavits

Surrendered the ball on a fumble

Fumbled

Sadder but wiser

(delete)

— T —

Totally destroyed

Destroyed

Temporary recess

Recess

Taken to the emergency room for treatment

Taken to the emergency room

Thirty-five acres of land

Thirty-five acres

Took the stand

Testified

Testified under oath

Testified

Tendered his resignation

Resigned

Told his listeners that

Said

Therapeutic treatment

Therapy, treatment

Total operating costs

Operating costs

True facts

Facts

Thorough investigation

Investigation

They went to Smith and asked

They asked Smith

The Mini have good overall team speed

The Mini are fast

The question as to whether

Whether

The Middies have a 4–3 record so far this season

The Middies are 4–3

Threatened walkout was averted

Walkout was averted

Two twins

Twins

There is no doubt that

No doubt

This is a subject that

This subject

The fact he had not succeeded

His failure

The fact I had arrived

My arrival

There used to be

There was

Twelve noon, twelve midnight

Noon, midnight

— U —

Upward adjustment

Increase

Unsolved problem

Problem

Under the age of 16

Under 16

United in holy matrimony

Married

Used tor fuel purposes

Used for fuel

Until and unless

Until

Underground subway

Subway

— V —

Viable

(delete)

Violent explosion

Explosion

Voiced objections

Objected

— W —

Was able to succeed

Succeeded

Went up in flames

Burned

When and if

If

With the exception of

Except

Widow of the late

Widow

Well-known traditions

Traditions

Whether or not

Whether

Will be focusing

Will focus

Working for the past 40 years

Working for 40 years

What he was trying to do was

He tried to

Will be a participant in

Will join

Was in operation

Operated

White as a sheet

(delete)

Wild and woolly

(delete)

With bated breath

(delete)

— Y —

Young juveniles

Juveniles

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