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‘Important’ is such an important word in many people’s texts! Is it overdone?

Plain English proponents consider that if something is mentioned in a text, it is already important and the word needn’t be stated. However, some texts that I read are full of important information. How can the reader judge which is really important if everything is billed as important?

Important can often be eliminated or reduced to something that sounds a little more English and less dramatic.

Adding to the confusion part, in French it has two meanings, both of significance and of size (big), whereas in English we don’t use it for size, only for significance.

Consider the sentences below and decide if you can remove it or change it to something less dramatic. Check the thesaurus for ideas.

  1. The comparison would be important to understand the different risks in each province.
  2. However, important changes to the technical and contextual questions were recommended. 
  3. It is important that you make the beginning of your research paper interesting and engage with your readers from the first line.
  4. Therefore, it’s important to consider what the most critical system changes are that the government plans to push forward to be included in the recommendations.
  5. Below are a few important consequences of mental health issues at work: 

Answer key (suggestions only)

  1. The comparison would be helpful to understand the different risks in each province.
  2. important changes = big changes? Delete?

Suggested redraft:   However, the committee recommended changing the technical and contextual questions. Or significant changes to is also possible, depending on intended meaning.

  • It is important that you Make the beginning of your research paper interesting and engage with your readers from the first line. (using an imperative is more impactful)
  • Delete: Therefore, it’s important to  we need to consider what the most critical system changes are that the government plans to push forward to be included in the recommendations.
  • important consequences = big consequences?

Suggested redraft:  Below are a few far-reaching consequences of mental health issues at work.

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