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Need urgent help for my internal word count! (SL)

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For my business internal, I have 1525 words and I'm over the limit by 25 words.

Should I

1. Attempt to lower it under 1500

2. Write that I have under 1500 and just hope they don't notice

or 3. Write my true word count and lose an entire criterion?

Edited by Where Love Died Laughing

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Get it down below 1,500. You can knock off 25 words, I'm sure. Just try rephrasing things and re-ordering sentences to take out even just a single word at a time and you'll have 25 out in no time. I can usually get rid of easily 100-150 words on a first sweep through my own essays of around this length by this method. I do ramble a lot but if I can eliminate 100 I'm sure you can do 25!

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I would go with option number 1. I know it's tiring but you can do it. My EE initially was 2000 words above the word count and it took A LOT of time to reduce it but it was worth it in the end. :)

I don't like option 2 because lies never end up well. Even if you don't get caught you will have it in your mind and you might start stressing over it. Lastly, option 3 is kind of silly. Don't give up marks so easily. You will probably be moderated anyway so in the end you might be brought down a whole mark (from 7 to 6, 6 to 5, etc.).

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Thank you. (: Yeah, I'm doing my best to bring the word count down without butchering the meaning. Problem is, this is perhaps the 5th sweep I'm doing since I was initially 300 words over the limit, so these last 25 are a real stretch.

Try giving it to a friend to help you cut down the words. Others usually see stuff you miss - especially when you've been going through the text over and over again. I'm talking from experience :P

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Thank you. (: Yeah, I'm doing my best to bring the word count down without butchering the meaning. Problem is, this is perhaps the 5th sweep I'm doing since I was initially 300 words over the limit, so these last 25 are a real stretch.

Try giving it to a friend to help you cut down the words. Others usually see stuff you miss - especially when you've been going through the text over and over again. I'm talking from experience :P

I would, but all my friends are in bed by 2AM :/ I think I'll manage. I've somehow knocked off 18 words already, so just another 7 to go. (:

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