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Consider using these simpler, concise alternatives to bureaucratic, wordy phrases.

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adequate number (of) enough
adjacent to close to, near, next to, beside, by
afford an opportunity allow, give, let
ahead of schedule early, too soon
all of (the); all of (us) all (the); (we) all
almost all most
along the lines of close to, like, resembling, similar to, such as
an estimated about, almost, around, close to, more than, nearly, or so, roughly
arrange to return return
arrived at (an agreement, a compromise, a conclusion, a decision, an estimate) agreed, compromised, concluded, decided, estimated
as a consequence, as a result so, then, thus
as a consequence of, as a result of because, because of, from, since
as a means of to
as long as if, since
as of now about
as regards about, as for, for, in, of, on, over, respecting, to, toward, with
assuming that if
as to on, for, about, of, by, from, in, over, to, with (or leave out)
as well as and, also
at all times always
at present, at the present time, at this point in time, at this time now, today
attached herewith is here's
at the end of after
at the time (that) when
because of the fact that because, since
by (the) means of by, with, from, in, over, through
by reason of because, because of, since
by the name of named, called
by virtue of by, because of, under

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call a halt (stop) to, call an end to halt, stop, end
came to an agreement agreed
carry out an evaluation of evaluate
center around at, center on, in, on, revolve around
come to an agreement agree, compromise, decide, resolve, settle
come to an end close, end, finish, halt, stop
comply with follow, obey
conduct an investigation investigate or find out, study, explore, examine, research, search, look into
conduct a review of review
conduct experiments experiment
contiguous to next to, adjoining, touching
course of during, while, in, at
desirous of use a form of want
despite the fact that although, even though, despite
draw attention to announce, mention, point out, point to, promote, publicize, reveal, show, tell, unveil
due to the fact that because, because of, since, for, as
during such time, during the course of, during the period from, during the time while, during, for, in, over, throughout, when, with

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effect many changes change
employment opportunities jobs
except when unless
excessive number (of) too many
extend an invitation invite
for the purpose of to, for, of
for the reason that because, since, for, given
from the point of view of from, for
give and take compromise, concession, exchange, discussion
give an indication of show
give rise to cause, lead to, result in
give consideration to consider
has (had) occasion to be is (was)
has no lacks
has the ability to, has the capability can
have an effect on affect, influence
hold a conference, hold a meeting confer, meet

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if that (this) is not the case if not
if that (this) is the case if so
implement an investigation of investigate or find out, study, explore, examine, research, search, look into
in addition also, and, as well, besides, further, then, too
in addition to besides, and, beyond, as well as, also
in advance of ahead of, before, by
in an effort to to
inasmuch as because, since, as, as far as
in back of behind
in conjunction with along with, and, combined with, coupled with, joined with, paired with, with
in connection with with, about, for, of, in, on, over
in excess of more than
in favor of for
in lieu of for, instead of
in most (many) cases, in most (many) instances almost always, commonly, many, most, mostly, most of, most often, most of these, much, nearly all, nearly always, normally, often, typically, usually
in order to to, for
in (the) past (days, months, weeks, years) before, earlier
in place of for
in (the) possession of has, have
in proximity to close to, near
(be) in receipt of have, received
in reference to about, on, for, as for, in, of, over, respecting, to, toward, with
in regard to, in relation to about, on, for, as for, in, of, over, respecting, to, toward, with
in respect of about, as for, for, in, of, on, over, respecting, to, toward, with
in spite of after all, apart, aside, despite, even with, for all, with all, although
in terms of in, for, about, as, as for, by, of, on, respecting, through, under, with
in the absence of without
in the amount of for, of
in the case of in, with, if, by, for (or delete)
in the context of in, about, for, of
in the course of during, at, for, in, over, throughout, when, while, with
in the event that (of) if, should
in the nature of like, about
in the neighborhood of about, roughly
in the (very) near future soon, before long, in a week (month), next month (year), shortly, this month (year), tomorrow
in the vicinity of close to, near, about, close by, in, nearby, around, round, close
in view of the fact because, since, for, given, when
is able to can
it would appear that apparently
it is probable that probably
limited number (of) a couple, a few, little, meager, not many, one or two (two or three), scant, only so many, some, spare, sparse
made a statement said
make an application apply
make an examination of examine
make reference to refer to

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none at all none
not in a position to unable to, cannot
not many few
not in a position to unable to, cannot
not old enough too young
not possible impossible
not the same different
notwithstanding the fact that although, but, even though, still, though, yet
of major importance is important, are important, was important
on a daily basis, on a regular basis daily, every other day, hour, monthly, regularly, twice a month, twice a week
on behalf of for, backed, supported
one of the a, an, one
on most occasions usually
on the basis of by, from, because of, assuming, based on, from
on the part of by, among, for, from, in, of
opt for choose
over the duration of during, for, in, over, throughout, when, while, with
per annum a year, yearly, for each year
per diem daily, daily allowance, a day, for each day
perform an assessment of assess
present time present, now
previous to, prior to before
provided (providing) that if
pursuant to under, by, following

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realize a savings of save
refer to as call, name, term
regards to, as regards, with regard to about, as for, for, in, of, on, over, respecting, to, toward, with
relating to about, as for, for, in, of, on, over, to, toward, with
result in lead to
some of the some
spell out explain, specify, describe, detail
state with confidence use a form of be confident
submit an application for apply for
subsequent to after, afterward, later, next, since, then, following
sufficient number (of) enough

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take action act
the question as to whether the question whether
this office we, us
time frame, time period time, period, age, era, interval
to a certain degree in a sense, in part, less often, less so, partially, some
to whatever extent however
under the provisions of under, of
until such time (point) as until
use up use
with a view to to, for
with reference to about, on, for, as for, in, of, over, respecting, to, toward, with (or leave out)
with regard to about, on, for, as for, in, of, over, respecting, to, toward, with (or leave out)
with respect to about, on, for, with
with the exception of except for

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