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The Quick Reference Plain English Guide

By (author) Martin Cutts
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Sep 1999
Dimensions: w 111mm h 178mm
Weight: 118g
ISBN-10: 0198662432
ISBN-13: 9780198662433
Barcode No: 9780198662433
Synopsis
Over the last two decades, governments and companies around the world have been encouraged to implement plain English in order to communicate essential information in letters, documents, reports, contracts, and forms in a more clear and understandable way. The Quick Reference Plain English Guide is a practical guide that explains how to write, and communicate information clearly. It provides guidance on how to write better letters, memos, instructions, legal documents, and reports to avoid being obscure, long-winded, and prone to jargon. This guide teaches how to write plain English using 20 easy-to-follow guidelines covering plain words, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, planning, and good organization of points. Writing myths are also explored and controversially exploded, such as 'You must not start a sentence with but', and 'You must not split your infinitives'.

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