In honor of the 4th of July, my tip this week has to do with the word “free.” Specifically, it’s about all the ways we abuse it, and how not to.
“Free” is pretty self-explanatory. We often use unnecessary words before or after it. So clean up your writing by eliminating these words:
For free. E.g.: I got this planner for free at the student union.
up. E.g.: I need to free up some time to write this weekend.
of charge. E.g.: Those bookmarks are free of charge.
Free gift: all gifts are free. Otherwise, they aren’t gifts, but loans or purchases. E.g.: You can get a free gift just for signing up.