Plain English alternatives to frequently used words

A list of frequently used words to avoid in web copy, and Plain English alternatives. This list is not comprehensive.

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Plain English alternatives

additional 

extra, more

alternative

choice, other

appropriate

proper, right, suitable

attend 

come to, go to, be at

authorise 

allow, let

complete 

fill in, finish

component 

part

consult

talk to, meet, ask

currently 

now

defer

put off, delay

demonstrate 

show, prove

designate

point out, show, name

difficulties 

problems

discuss

talk about

eligible

allowed, qualified

ensure

make sure

evaluate 

test, check

frequently

often

implement 

carry out, do

in accordance with 

as under, in line with, because of

in addition

and, as well as, also

in advance 

before

issue 

give, send

locate 

find

manner 

way

obtain

get, receive

option 

choice

outstanding 

unpaid

prohibit

ban, stop

provide 

give

regarding 

about, on

relating to

about

require 

need, want, force

reside 

live

specified 

given, written, set

state 

say, tell us, write down

submit

send, give

substantial 

large, great, a lot of

supply 

give, delivery

undertake 

agree, promise, do

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