Over…Overused? (Editing Tips)


Editing out the word over isn’t hard to do. Test the sentence to see if it can work without it. Most instances, it can.

Don’t: I shoved the tray over closer to her.

Do: I shoved the tray closer to her.

Don’t: She slid over beside me.

Do: She slid beside me.

Don’t: I sauntered over to the center of the room.

Do: I sauntered to the center of the room.

In these cases, it’s a filler word and can be struck out. A lot of times we feel it shows direction, but the sentence is clear without it.

 

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  1. I’m not sure the second one works well with the “over” removed. With it, I imagine two people on a bench. Without it, they’re skating. Then again, context is everything, right? 🙂

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