As you are writing a first draft, you should be more concerned with ideas than perfection in style or mechanics. Let the thoughts flow, even to the point of using words or phrases that are incomplete or that you know you will want to improve upon.
Then, as you edit, you can be more critical. Could you say something more directly? Cut all unnecessary words, phrases and even sentences. Substitute shorter words for longer ones.
For editing practice, simplify the following sentences:
(a) Shaun offered an explanation of the recently effected travel expense rules.
(b) Subsequent to the time that we held our conversation regarding the objectives of the company, I calculated that we needed somewhere in the neighbourhood of twenty-five million dollars in order to have the ability to compete with ABCD.
(c) We are optimistic that the work can be accomplished in a timely manner owing to the fact that we have put in place some new equipment to replace the old equipment.
(d) Due to the fact that Smedley arrived long after the meeting began, we found ourselves in a situation where we had to schedule an additional meeting later in that same day.
(e) In the event that the main gate fails to function properly, utilize the small gate which is located approximately 100 feet to the west.
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