Especially when writing essays or working on other school assignments, we can find ourselves using words repetitively. One word that is often overused is “many.” Many is a word used to describe an amount, generally a large number, and it’s a good filler word for when we don’t feel like including an exact figure– however, this is how we fall into its trap. Instead of thumbing through a thesaurus or scouring for synonyms, we’ve provided a brief list of common words and phrases that can easily replace “many” in whatever formal piece you are writing:
- A multitude of
(these are good for increasing word count– see #’s 6 and 10 as well)
- An abundance of
(this one is unique!)
- A number of
Whether you are toiling away on an essay or a resume, remember to vary your sentence structure so the piece does not become repetitive and boring. This can be done by simply changing a few of your “many’s” to one of the words above. For more tips on improving your style, you can follow SWN on WordPress, Twitter, and Google+, as well as subscribe to our email updates.