Here is a way to shorten a text by deleting words you don’t need, such as a number of prepositional phrases, in getting your message across. So what’s the reward? You save words and get to the point quicker.
You want to get to the point quickly because people skim through emails and websites. They don’t read like in the old days and if they can’t find what they want within seven to eight seconds, they’ll move on, click you away.
Expressions such as “in order to” and “with a view to” are prepositional phrases. They complement verbs, although they can also modify nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. But they are often redundant. Omitting them won’t change the meaning of your sentence.
“We have started this procedure in order to shorten the time it takes to reach a solution.”
I’ve written the prepositional phrase in bold to make it stand out.
What if we got rid of it?
“We have started this procedure to shorten the time it takes to reach a solution.”
I just saved two words and so can you. Prepositional phrases are obviously grammatically correct, but often you can do without them.
Use your judgment.
I welcome your comments.