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Writing > Improving Sentences

Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.  

At the time of the 2001 census, English was what was spoken by almost all people in Wales, while only 20.8% of the Welsh population could speak Welsh.

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Choice (E) is correct. It avoids the wordiness of the original by deleting the unnecessary phrase “what was,” resulting in the concise “English was spoken.”

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