Chris Pat suggests:
A very over-used and misused phrase is “in order to.”
“In order to” really did have a meaning — to perform tasks in the order they were given, because to perform them out of order would not allow the operation to be a success.
- Open box.
- Remove radio.
- Insert batteries.
- Turn radio on.
- Tune to your favorite station.
These tasks must be performed “in order” or you cannot listen to your
favorite station. Technical manuals have many tasks that must have each
step performed in the correct order or the process cannot succeed.
However, it is used far too often now, and usually without any tasks that
must be performed in any particular order. Quite often, it is with one
task, and how can a single task be performed in order or out of order?
Also, it is redundant when used in a lead-in sentence to a numbered task.
The fact that the list is numbered rather than bulleted implies a numeric
order is required. Almost all can be written without the “in order” and the
meaning is still clear such as:
Go to the store in order to get milk.
Go to the store to get milk.
Perform the tasks in this list in order to configure the router.
Perform the tasks in this list to configure the router.