The text is as follows:

Wordiness: Why use five words when one would do? Excess verbiage doesn’t make you sound smart, it just makes your writing a slog to read.

Why use five words when one would do?—this is the sentence I cannot understand.

  • You need to look in a dictionary for this sort of this. Not use Google. :0
    – Lambie
    Jan 4, 2022 at 0:04
  • Lambie, what dictionary would be the best? Please?
    – T. K.
    Jan 4, 2022 at 0:06
  • Well, either the Collins Dictionary, Merriam-Webster or MacMillan. If you can afford it, the Oxford English Dictionary (by subscription only). Also, it's not a bad idea to have a real dictionary on your desk. :)
    – Lambie
    Jan 4, 2022 at 0:09

1 Answer 1


to do in that sense means: to be sufficient or to be enough

Sample: Why use five words when one word is sufficient or enough?

For example:

We're going out for dinner. Will 40 dollars do or shall I bring more?

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