When I am self-editing, one of the first things I check is whether my work contains filler words. These words should be removed for greater readability.
These are the filler words I will try to remove (if possible) from my text: that, just, only, really, almost, slightly, seemed, perhaps, maybe, simply, somehow, absolutely, basically, actually, now, sort of, kind of, a little, very.
Going through this list one filler word at a time is a tedious task.
Enter Google’s Regular Expression.
With your Google Document open, hit CTRL-H. Enter in the Find field all the filler words you want to find in your Google document and make sure to place a | character between each word.
Like so: that|just|only
You can even use phrases in your list, just make sure to replace each space with \s.
Like so: sort\sof|kind\sof|a\slittle
Try it yourself.
Copy paste the following string into the Find and Replace (CTRL-H) box, and go one by one through all matching words in your Google Document:
Caution: do not use Replace All. Use Next (or Previous) and Replace while editing your document.