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Write the Right Word: Currently/Now

I’m not sure how “currently” and “now” became such overused words.

You’ve probably seen or even written something such as this: “I currently am reading a great book.” Or this: “The kids are playing ball now.”

You don’t need to include “currently” or “now” because the “am” and “are” are present tense, which means the action is occurring at this time. That makes “currently” or “now” repetitious when the sentence already indicates a time element.

“I am reading a great book” and “The kids are playing ball” are perfectly clear and shorter, too, which is good because writing concisely will help hold readers’ attention.

Ellen Crawford, Information Specialist, (701) 231-5391

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