1. DON’T PAD YOUR PROSE WITH EMPTY FILLER WORDS
Grammar expletives are literary constructions that begin with the words it, here, or therefollowed by a form of the verb to be.
(Expletive comes from the Latin explere, meaning to fill. Think smelly literary landfill).
Common constructions include it is, it was, it won’t, it takes, here is, there is, there will be.
The problem? When it, here, and there refer to nouns later in the sentence or – worse – to something unnamed, they weaken your writing by shifting emphasis away from the true drivers of your sentences. And they usually require other support words such as who, that, and when, which further dilute your writing.
Let’s look at an example:
There are some bloggers who seem to have…
The there are expletive places the sentence’s focus…
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