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
basically, virtually, generally, very, really
a general overview
the hierarchy structure
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?
Here are more redundant phrases:
|consensus of opinion
|retain the same
|debris left behind
|both of them
|middle ground in between
|describe in words
|a variety of different things
|period of time
|round in shape
|until such time as
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!