Exclude the Includer
I’ll continue my series on small and often unnecessary words with a look at all. Writers will insert this word to signal to readers that every item listed is inclusive, but this is unnecessary when the context of the sentence makes the inclusiveness apparent. In the following sentences, we can delete all and still easily understand that none of the items listed would be excluded from their intended action:
- Revenue, expenses, profit and retained earnings are all looked at when creating a budget.
- Prepared in a frying pan, the dish features mushrooms, cheese, and arugula all rolled into fluffy eggs.
- Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists.
- My specialists have all gone beyond the call in helping me provide my patients with truly excellent coordinated patient care.