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The verb "to be" cripples your prose: avoid its use, especially in the first and last sentences of paragraphs
Avoid overstatement, exaggeration, over-generalization, superlative, intensifying, and imprecise qualifiers
At the beginnings of sentences, avoid using a stand-alone pronoun followed by a weak verb: "There is. . .", "This shows. . .", "It seems. . ."
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