Here are examples of wordy phrases and how they can be simplified.
- "in today's modern society" -> today, nowadays
- "in spite of the fact that" -> although
- "in order to" -> to
- "has the ability to" -> can
These expressions are acceptable to use (they are not ungrammatical), but you shouldn't overuse them. You can see this phenomenon happening both in professional and amateur situations.
Why use wordy expressions?
Wordiness is used by professionals to make them sound more intelligent (in the marketing world, there is a tendency to think "more words = smart person").
Wordy expressions are often used by students to "fill up" their required word count up for an essay assignment!