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> With that in mind, would anyone be interested in sharing tricks that
> help keep one's writing streamlined, clean and honest? One of my
> favorites is to read the dubious sentence out loud, if it sounds funny
> it usually can stand to be improved.
Yes. But most often what can stand to be improved is a wider context
than the single sentence. Most of my polishing takes the form of either
combining multiple sentences into a single sentence or breaking up a
too complex sentence into multiple sentences.