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lines, along these lines

Along these lines, meaning "in this way" or "of this type," is an overworked phrase and should be avoided, especially in formal writing. Replace with phrases such as in this way, in this manner, of this sort, on this topic or concerning this matter.

  • Negotiations have often proceeded in this manner (not along these lines).
  • Action of this sort (not along these lines) is recommended.
  • Have you any further comments on this topic (not along these lines)?