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What Partners Hate: Ten Wounding Words and Phrases—With Alternatives

Many partners have a fingernails-on-the-chalkboard reaction to at least some of these ten constructions. I’ve suggested alternatives for each.

  • Aforesaid, aforementioned (“the”)
  • As such (“thus”—and move it later in the sentence)
  • Said, such (“the” or “this”)
  • Inasmuch as (“because”)
  • Given that (“because”)
  • The instant case (“here” or cut)
  • Set forth (cut)
  • As to (“on” or “about”)
  • Respectfully submit (cut except in closing formulas)
  • To the extent that (“if”)

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