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Write the Right Word: Located

A lot of unnecessary words have crept into common usage. “Located” is a good example.

I’m sure you’ve seen or heard a variation of this: “The book is located on the table.” Or how about this: “The barn is located near the machine shed.”

If you take out the “located,” the sentence still makes sense, so why include it? “The book is on the table” is shorter, too.

You can use “located” if you mean something has been found. For example: “I located the missing calf.” But why not just say “found”? “I found the missing calf.”

Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391

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