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Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

almost without exception

To write clearly and concisely, avoid almost without exception. Instead, use the adjective most or expressions like almost all or nearly every.

  • Wordy: Almost without exception, the strikers voted to accept the offer.
  • Concise: Most (or Almost all) strikers voted to accept the offer.
  • Wordy: The stones in the old wall, almost without exception, had fallen to the ground.
  • Concise: Nearly every stone in the old wall had fallen to the ground