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Sloppy Writing 101.44

January 4, 2013 by Suzi

Over is another word I’ve found that I use when I don’t need it. Check out my examples from The Proper Way to Say Goodbye.
-I walked along the wall of windows, over to the corner where they sat.
The sentence doesn’t change if I remove the over.
-I repeated their names over in my head so I wouldn’t forget again.
Again, don’t need the over.
-I slathered butter on the two pieces of toast, and he slid over the garlic salt over .
Hmm. Look at that. I used it twice. Whoops.
Overall :),I got rid of over 40 overs. Do you ever use over unnecessarily?


  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure; I’ll have to check OVER my drafts. LOL

    Thanks for the tip! Have a nice weekend. :)

  2. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    Hmm, that’s an interesting one. I’ll have to check out my WIP. This isn’t one I’d have thought to look for, but I could see myself doing!

  3. Cassie Mae says:

    And this is why you’re such a brilliant beta. I never catch the less obvious ones.

  4. I love when you point these out – I’m sure I overuse this one too!

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