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Adjectives and Adverbs

Remove as many as possible

“Most adjectives are ... unnecessary. Like adverbs, they are sprinkled into sentences by writers who don't stop to think that the concept is already in the noun.” William Zinsser

unnecessary words

basically, virtually, generally, very, really
successful solutions
a general overview
the hierarchy structure
extraordinarily common

An unsuccessful solution is no longer a solution--it is an attempt.
An overview is by definition general.
A hierarchy is by definition a structure.
How much more common is extraordinarily common than just common?

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Here are more redundant phrases:

completely fullfull
consensus of opinionconsensus
definitely provedproved
still remainremain
retain the sameretain
debris left behinddebris
end resultresult
glide smoothlyglide
minor tweakstweaks
both of themboth
middle ground in betweenmiddle ground
describe in wordsdescribe
a variety of different thingsa variety
specific detailsdetails
period of timeperiod
round in shaperound
until such time asuntil
reason whyreason

Why does this work?

The fewer words a reader has to read, the better. If you remove the clutter, the reader will be able to see your message more easily. Choose your words carefully and remove unnecessary adjectives and adverbs.

How important is it?

On a scale of 1-10, it's a 5: helpful, but not essential. You can reduce wordiness and improve precision by removing unnecessary adverbs and adjectives, but there are many more important principles to apply in your writing first. Are you having trouble removing unnecessary adjectives or adverbs in your text? Ask for help!