Beware the Of

Beware! Beware of the word “of.”

The fact is, you don’t need to use it as often as most people think they do. And using it when you don’t need to can hamper the flow of your sentence. For example, “She walked down the steps of the porch.” Doesn’t this sound better when written as, “She walked down the porch steps.” Small change, but tighter, less passive, and better paced.

“Off” rarely needs the “of” that it’s given too. Again, the ubiquitous porch… “She stepped off of the porch” versus “She stepped off the porch.” Tiny change, but it makes a difference, doesn’t it?

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