Words in Sentences
Words and phrases at times are omitted from a sentence, making it difficult or impossible for the reader to understand. In many cases, this omission is carelessness, which could be offset by proofreading. Sometimes the omission is intentional; to the writer the meaning is clear, while to the reader the meaning may be either clear or doubtful.
This section points out some of the most common types of omissions, and offers ways to rectify them.
Small words such as prepositions, conjunctions, articles, and pronouns are probably the most common omissions.
Doubtful: I had no interest her computer proficiency but liked her indi-
Clear: I had no interest in her computer proficiency but liked her individ-
Doubtful: For more than a month, Johnson and Bell asked the adminis-
tration conduct its own survey and weigh the implications.
Clear: For more than a month, Johnson and Bell asked the administration
to conduct its own survey and weigh the implications.
Doubtful: I had never seen that type scarf before.
Clear: I had never seen that type of scarf before.