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do – Misused Words

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Misused word
do

Alternatives
perform, carry out, undertake.

Explanation
“To do” is a rather weak word: “to perform” and “to carry out” are often better. Using them also avoids the rather common confusion between “to do” and “to make.”

Example
Avoid “A third source of revision is the statistical adjustments done at national level and at European level to take account of the seasonality and the calendar effects affecting time series.”

Use “A third source of revision is the statistical adjustments carried out at national level and at European level to take account of the seasonality and the calendar effects affecting time series.”

Source
Misused English words and expressions in EU publications by Jeremy Gardner [Updated 8.11.2013]

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