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A virtual, intelligent, or computational assistant (e.g., also referred to simply as an “assistant”) is described that is configured to become more concise (e.g., reduce, slim down, taper, etc.) when interacting with a user over time. Depending on the extent of the user’s background knowledge, saying too much may be just as bad as saying too little. In fact, speakers whose language is perceived as either too elaborate (information in excess) or too abbreviated (insufficient info) may be perceived to be uncooperative. To avoid such negative perceptions, the assistant may provide users with more elaborate, more detailed, more precise content for situations and routines likely to be unfamiliar. In contrast, when familiarity is likely, the assistant may keep the message brief.

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