I’m doing a group assignment with people who obviously don’t read what they’ve written. A dangerous oversight for people who write well, but when English is your second language and you’re not strong in it – it’s deadly.
Take this sentence for example:
Consideration are being taken into account on the concentration of particulate matter, with exceeding 5 could be considered acceptable according to the EPA.
It only made slightly more sense in context, I knew that he was talking about air quality and release dust and toxins into the air. Presumably 5 means 5µg/m3.
My plea is this: read over what you write and remove all unnecessary words! More words do not make you sound more intelligent, so keep it simple. The above sentence could become:
The concentration of particulate matter may be taken under consideration by the EPA; exceeding limits by 5µg/m3 might be acceptable.
Considerations are taken into account, concentrations of particulate matter 5µg/m3 over the limit may be considered acceptable by the EPA.
I’m sure you could simplify it more than I have. I know I’ve been guilty of excess wordage – I’m working on it! Any suggestions?