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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Grammar: "In Life" Expressions



Examples:  In the world, In our lives, In life, In people’s lives, In society

Some of my foreign students have a habit of using “in life” expressions in their compositions.  For me, these phrases border on the cliché.  Back in high school, I used to use them as well.  Using these expressions is acceptable but it is not really necessary.  In fact, they are very elementary and only beginner writers should be permitted to use them.  If you remove these expressions from your sentences, much of the meaning will not be altered.


Example:
  • You need a good education to succeed in life.
  • Family is important in our lives.
  • We must have a goal in life.
  • It is necessary to be kind so we can have a better social life.


If you remove the expression, the sentence retains its intended meaning.
  • You need a good education to succeed in life.
  • Family is important in our lives.
  • We must have a goal in life.
  • It is necessary to be kind so we can have a better social life.



Being more specific in your writing is always better.
Examples:
  • You need a good education to be promoted at work.
  • Family is important in our organization.
  • We must have a goal to be successful in your career.
  • It is necessary to be kind so we can have many friends in school.


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