Wordy: The nature of his statement was not in accordance with the facts.
Better: His statement was not true.
Wordy: I am hopeful that we can come to some agreement.
Better: I hope that we can agree.
Wordy: He has no sense of principles, whether he is in public or in private.
Better: He has no principles, public or private.
Wordy: Another important aspect is good health. It is one of our great blessings. It may be achieved through proper diet and exercise. Rest is also desirable.
Better: The great blessing of good health may be achieved through proper diet , exercise, and rest.
Repeat what you have said.
We must master English idioms .
My car is silver-gray .
Your living room is twice as big as mine .
It is a fact that the generation gap has been widening in recent years.
He was late because there was a traffic jam.
He was late because of a traffic jam.
She was delighted when she heard this good news.
She was delighted at this good news.
Paul Jones, who was the distinguished art critic, died in his sleep last night.
Paul Jones, the distinguished art critic, died in his sleep last night.
Oil and coal, which are regarded as two of the earth s most valuable minerals, are man s chief source of fuel.
Oil and coal, two of the earth s most valuable minerals, are man s chief source of fuel.
If you take no pains, you will have no pains.
No pain, no gains.
If something is out of sight, it will soon pass out of mind.
Out of sight, out of mind.
People who like to talk big are likely to do little.
Great boasters, little doers.
Nothing is perfect in the world.
No rose without a thorn.