This is probably one of these images that has been going around on LinkedIn for the past 5 years, somehow I did not pick it up:

Yes, the right column is better English. But:

  • Some of these words actually take more copy space
  • Some of these words are long, and hard to break to the next line
  • Some of these words might not be understood by non-native English speakers ("destitute"?)

At school, you are writing to learn the most beautiful English possible, in real life you might be pitching a Chinese investor with a complicated startup idea.

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