Millionaire's Digest

1. DON’T PAD YOUR PROSE WITH EMPTY FILLER WORDS

(Or: Avoid Using Grammar Expletives)

Grammar expletives are literary constructions that begin with the words ithere, 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 ithere, 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 whothat, 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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