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Exercise : Eliminating Wordiness Exercise 2

Directions: Combine each sentence group into one concise sentence.

1. The cliff dropped to reefs seventy-five feet below. The reefs below the steep cliff were barely visible through the fog.

2. Their car is gassed up. It is ready for the long drive. The drive will take all night.

3. Sometimes Stan went running with Blanche. She was a good athlete. She was on the track team at school.

4. Taylor brought some candy back from Europe. It wasn't shaped like American candy. The candy tasted kind of strange to him.

5. Government leaders like to mention the creation of new jobs. They claim that these new jobs indicate a strong economy. They don't mention that low-wage jobs without benefits and security have replaced many good jobs.

Answer: Eliminating Wordiness Exercise 2

1. The cliffs dropped to the reefs seventy-five feet below, which were barely visible through the fog.

2. Their car is gassed up and ready for an all-night drive.

3. Sometimes Stan went running with Blanche, a good athlete on the track team at school.

4. Taylor brought some strange-tasting candy back from Europe that wasn't shaped like American candy.

5. Government leaders like to mention the creation of new jobs, claiming that these jobs indicate a strong economy, but ignoring the fact that low wage jobs without benefits and security have replaced many good jobs.

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