50+ Plain-Language Substitutions for Wordy Phrases

Plain language is writing designed to ensure the reader understands as quickly, easily, and completely as possible.

This is a list of plain English words and phrases and the more lengthy, formal words for which they are recommended as replacements in writing guides.

1. If at all possible ----------------------->>>> If possible

2. If that wear the case------------------->>>> If so

3. In the absence of---------------------->>>>Without

4. In accordance with-------------------->>>> By, following, per, under

5. In addition---------------------------->>>> Also, besides, too

6. In an effort to------------------------->>>> To

7. In as much as-------------------------->>>> Since, because

8. In a timely manner-------------------->>>> On time, promptly

9. In back of------------------------------>>>> Behind

10. In close proximity--------------------->>>> Near, close

11. In connection with--------------------->>>> With, about, concerning

12. In consideration of the fact------------>>>> Because

13. In excess of--------------------------->>>> More than

14. In favor of----------------------------->>>> For

15. In lieu of------------------------------->>>> Instead, instead of

16. In light of the fact that----------------->>>> Because

17. In many cases------------------------->>>> Often

18. In order that--------------------------->>>> For, so

19. In order to----------------------------->>>> To

20. In other words------------------------>>>> Or, that is

21. In possession of----------------------->>>> Have

22. In regard/ reference to----------------->>>> About, concerning, on

23. In short supply------------------------>>>> Scarce

24. In the amount of---------------------->>>> For

25. In such a manner as to----------------->>>> To

26. In the course of------------------------>>>> During, while

27. In the event (of)----------------------->>>> If

28. In the first place----------------------->>>> First

29. In the instance of---------------------->>>> For

30. In the matter of----------------------->>>> About

31. In the near future---------------------->>>> Soon, shortly

32. In the vicinity of----------------------->>>>  Around, near, close to

33. In terms of---------------------------->>>> In, of

34. In view of----------------------------->>>> Since, because

35. In view of the above------------------->>>> So

36. Is applicable to------------------------>>>> Applies to

37. Is authorized to------------------------>>>> May

38. Is responsible for---------------------->>>> Handles

39. Is unable to---------------------------->>>> Cannot

40. It appears----------------------------->>>> Seems

41. It is clear that--------------------------->>>> Clearly

42. It is essential--------------------------->>>> Must, need to

43. It is evident that------------------------>>>> Evidently

44. It is my intention to-------------------->>>> I will, I intend

45. It is obvious that------------------------>>>> Obviously

46. It is often the case that------------------>>>> Often

47. It is probable that----------------------->>>> Probably

48. It is requested-------------------------->>>> Please, we request

49. In as much as--------------------------->>>> Since, because

50. It is recommended---------------------->>>> We recommend

51. In view of the fact------------------------>>>> Because

52. It will be necessary----------------------->>>> Will need to

53. I’d appreciate it if you would-------------->>>> Please

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