Which adjective would be suitable right after "too" to describe a piece of text that took too much space in a document?

Your descriptions are very clear, but too _________ .


Your descriptions came out too ____________ .

(using "big" sounds a bit blunt to me)


My answer is based on the assumption that the text is not concise and has too much information (i.e., it has something to do with the content). I am not sure if it is a matter of "space" which has more to do with reducing font size, changing fonts, reducing line spacing, etc.

It should be

Your descriptions are very clear, but it's (= the chapter/section/argument) too _________ .


Your descriptions are very clear, but they are (= the descriptions/arguments) too _________ .

One option is to use "verbose". This may require slight changes to your sentence.

From Cambridge

Verbose (adj): using or containing more words than are necessary - a verbose explanation/report/speech/style

If you rephrase your sentence, you can use the noun too.

verbosity (n): the quality of being verbose (= using too many words)

  • Knowing they wouldn't welcome too much verbosity, he simplified his talk.
  • The message is clear and concise and displays no verbosity.

You can also say "this section is too wordy" or "this section is too long".

  • Thanks. Can you explain, please, why I can't jump directly to "too" right after "but"? In other words, why should I say "it's" or "they are" first? – brilliant Nov 18 '19 at 5:05
  • That is because of the comma before the conjunction. If you have a comma there, then the next clause needs a subject. Those are two independent sentences - (1) "Your descriptions are very clear" and (2) "These descriptions are too wordy". When you put them together, you get - "Your descriptions are very clear, but they are too wordy". Without the comma, you don't need a subject in the second clause - "Your descriptions are very clear but too wordy". This is not a rule. Its just a guideline. In a compound sentence, if the independent clauses are small, then the comma can be dropped. – AIQ Nov 18 '19 at 5:45
  • See this Comma Before And – AIQ Nov 18 '19 at 5:46
  • WOW! Thank you. Very informative. – brilliant Nov 18 '19 at 6:05

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