Writing Asked by Benji on December 10, 2020
Currently, I am working on a paper. While writing, I noticed a problem. I used the word ‘that’ 78 times and ‘which’ 68 times in 32 pages. Will using these words so frequently affect the quality of my paper? What could be done to improve it? I feel stuck now. I am afraid I won’t score well. What can you suggest?
Some markers do have a problem with these words and will tell you to use them less often. I can't guess what the threshold is your marker uses, but I can tell you how to get the count down a little:
You should find that these changes improve your writing. It's surprising how relatively mechanical edits like "try not to use is/was" or "try to have as few "ofs" as possible" do produce stronger sentences. If your attempts to reduce your that/which count are making your sentences convoluted and hard to understand, don't do it. It's my belief you can make your sentences better this way.
Answered by Kate Gregory on December 10, 2020
Doesn't sound as bad as some as my papers, but if you're really worried just ctrl(or command)+f for your repeated words and try to switch them out with other words of the same meaning. Since you have 32 pages and 78 thats, it's only 2-3 thats per page which isn't all that bad. But if you have a section where there's a bunch of thats close together, then you need to fix that. Overall I think this is perfectly fine for a 32 page report(I would've thought it would be more) but if there's a clump you need to fix it.
If you want to play it safe, since this seems like a school assignment, ask your teacher if you're using that and which too often and if you need to change it. I wouldn't worry to much unless they're all bunched together but you should be fine.
Answered by Ceramicmrno0b on December 10, 2020
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