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Many writers who use “however” also use “rather,” an equally irritating and unnecessary announcement that the writer is about to change direction, as in the following:

“The agreement did not provide that Smith had to apply for his commissions. Rather, it stated that he was to be paid automatically based on the computer printout.”

Because the first sentence says the agreement did not provide that Smith had to apply for his commissions, the affirmative phrase “it stated” at the beginning of the second sentence adequately signals that the reader is about to be told what the agreement did provide. “Rather” merely duplicates the change of direction signaled by “it stated.”

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