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Compound Prepositions

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When writing fiction, compound prepositions should be used with care. They can make sentences too wordy.

ExamplesEdit

  • Bad: Gail said she wanted to discuss something with me in connection with my legal memo with a view toward improving my writing.
  • Good: Gail said she wanted to discuss something with me about my legal memo, so I could improve my writing.


  • Bad: In the event of his arrival, in order to improve the room, we should...
  • Good: When he arrives, to improve the room, we should...

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