Book Excerpt: essential ‘How to be a better online writer overnight’ lesson #10: turn locations into adjectives.
- Using “in” or “at” before locations is usually unnecessary.
- Put the location before the noun.
- Eliminate the word “location.”
- The company was located in Los Angeles
- The Los Angeles company.
- The hot dog in Chicago contains very specific ingredients.
- The Chicago hot dog contains very specific ingredients.
(Steamed all beef Vienna hot dog and poppy seed bun with mustard, no ketchup, onions, pickle relish, a sliced pickle, hot pepper and celery salt–delicious!)
- The bagel in New York, however, comes in many varieties. (Plain, poppy, garlic, rye, pumpernickel, etc).
- The New York bagel, however, comes in many varieties.
This tip applies to more than food.
- The crisis in Washington
- The Washington crisis
- The Euro will not replace the pound in Britain.
- The Euro will not replace the British pound
The word ‘location’
Many beginning writers are dependent on the word “location” to describe places. This is, however, redundant.
- Apple Inc., which is located (or based or headquartered) in Cupertino, will be introducing a new iPhone this fall.
- Cupertino’s Apple Inc.
Or as simple as:
- My friend would like to find a good hotel located in Paris.
- My friend would like to find a good Paris hotel.
All of the examples reduce words and increase clarity.
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