How to shorten an essay without losing its clarity Watch
Any single word that is unnecessary gets removed. "Tom then had a thought that he had better...X" can become "Tom believed X... was better" or "Tom thought he'd better...".
Even my above paragraph "Any important information." Could easily have the word "any" and still communicate the exact same message.
Any combination of words which can be summarised by one or two. "The sprites span with an artistic medium of movement" can become "The sprites danced".
Of course, there's the good old favorite of abbreviating everything you can get away with. "They're" may be 2 words but it counts as one.
Hope this is of some help. Apologies for the abstract examples but the general premise still applies.
How far over the word count are you? There's always the (albeit painful) method of removing the least significant point. You'd free up a whole chunk of words.
All you have to make sure is that your other points are so god damn strong that they're important enough to not even NEED the one you're removing.
On another note, most places have a 5-10% leeway agreement. A figure which you should ask your teacher about as each one usually has their own threshold. So a 10,000 word essay is allowed to be 9,500-10,500, or even 9,000-11,000 words long. Check with your teacher how far they're willing to go.
While I'm on this point, there shouldn't be anything stopping you from bringing this query directly to the teacher. I get you may not want them to read an unfinished draft, but if you're struggling with what to remove just go ask them what they think. Make sure to bring your own ideas and reasons to teh conversation though. They won't do the work for you, but may help guide you if you demonstrate an understanding of WHY something is too important to take out.
Hope I'm not rambling. Best of luck mate.
So instead of saying "the support of the Mittlestand"
I said "the Mittlestand's support"
I used "of" about 80 times in my 2,500 worded essay...
'respect worthy and a credible man'
I'll throw it into word and see if I can trim any fat. However, I doubt I'm educated enough on your topic to know what paragraph could be removed, though I'll think about it. I'm doing the 2nd one yeah?
It does make sense by the way, i have cut out 35 words using that of tick
It's annoying to get rid of work you've done like that but it's a quick solution, if you can pick a paragraph that's of lesser importance if course. I spent ages writing an essay last year which ended up double the max word count, had to get rid of half of all that I'd done it was horrible!
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