Intensifier (INT)

Be sparing with meaningless modifiers such as “much,” “very,” “somewhat,” and “slightly.”

If a point is truly “obvious” or “interesting,” you will not need to say so; cut directly to the point.

Avoid subjective comments about the merit of a work or an author, such as “Milton’s brilliant poem rewrites the Bible.”

Do not put intensifiers or modifiers in front of absolutes (“unique,” “straight,” “perfect”). Uniqueness is not a matter of degree; something either is or is not unique (which means “one of a kind, unparalleled”).