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Oxford Guide To Plain English

Author : Martin Cutts
ISBN : 9780191649127
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 70.74 MB
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Plain English is the art of writing clearly, concisely, and in a way that precisely communicates your message to your intended audience. This book offers 25 practical guidelines helping you to improve your vocabulary, style, grammar, and layout to achieve clear writing. It gives expert advice on all aspects of the writing process: from avoiding jargon and legalese, to organizing written information in print and online. It also shows you how it's done with hundreds of real examples, including 'before' and 'after' versions. All this is presented in an authoritative and engaging way. Completely revised and updated, this essential reference work is now even more useful: the word lists have been expanded; a new list of clichéd and troublesome words to avoid has been added; and examples of real-life stories have been replaced with more recent ones. An improved design gives the book a fresh feel.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Oxford Guide To Plain English

Author : Martin Cutts
ISBN : 9780199558506
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Plain English is an essential tool for effective communication. Information transmitted in letters, documents, reports, contracts, and forms is clearer and more understandable when presented in straightforward terms. The Oxford Guide to Plain English provides authoritative guidance on how to write plain English using easy-to-follow guidelines which cover straightforward language, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, planning, and good organization. This handy guide will be invaluable to writers of all levels. It provides essential guidelines that will allow readers to develop their writing style, grammar, and punctuation. The book also offers help in understanding official jargon and legalese giving the plain English alternatives. This guide gives hundreds of real examples and shows 'before and after' versions of texts of different kinds which will help readers to look critically at their own writing. It is organized in 25 short chapters, which each cover a different aspect of writing. Clearly laid out and easy to use, the Oxford Guide to Plain English is the best guide to writing clear and helpful documents.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Plain English Guide

Author : Martin Cutts
ISBN : UCSC:32106016476670
Genre : English language
File Size : 81.67 MB
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Millions of us are professional writers without even being aware of it. Everyday we write countless letters, memos, instructions, legal documents, and reports. And often this writing is criticized for being full of jargon, or obscure, or long-winded, or just not in "plain English." But what is plain English, and how does one write it? The Plain English Guide offers down-to-earth advice and twenty easy-to-follow guidelines covering plain words, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, planning, and good organization of points. Martin Cutts has probably taught more writers about plain English than anyone else. This book distills his knowledge and experience, and is an essential guide for anyone who writes at work, as well as students in business and professional courses.
Category: English language

The Quick Reference Plain English Guide

Author : Martin Cutts
ISBN : 0198662432
Genre : English language
File Size : 70.82 MB
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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'.
Category: English language

Plain English At Work

Author : Edward P. Bailey Jr.
ISBN : 9780199880324
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 87.49 MB
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Everyday we write countless memos, letters, and reports without a second thought. Likewise, we give presentations, both formal and informal. Often this writing and speaking gets criticized for being jargon-ridden, obscure, or long-winded--in short, for not being in "plain English." But what is plain English, and how do we go about writing and speaking it? In Plain English at Work, Edward Bailey gives the answer, with down-to-earth tips and practical advice. Bailey, an expert in business communication, gives us a simple model for writing: · Style: write more the way you talk. · Organization: make your point easy to find. · Layout: use headings, lists, and other white space so readers can see the structure of your writing. Psycholinguists, Bailey points out, have proven that the techniques of plain English writing are far easier on your readers; experience has proven that writing in plain English is easier on you--the writer, too. Bailey also gives you a wealth of practical advice for presentations including: · How to remember your talk. · How to design visual aids. · How to design computer presentations. · How to set up the room you'll be speaking in. · How to develop a successful delivery style. Perhaps most impressive are the many detailed tips he gives here. For instance, when using a pointer, hold it in the hand closer to the screen (otherwise, you turn your back on the audience, making it harder to hear you). When designing a visual aid, use at least 28-point type, and seldom use all capital letters (which are harder to read). And when presenting a bar chart during a computer presentation, build it--a bar at a time--to focus your audience's attention. Drawing on two earlier and popular books, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing and A Practical Guide for Business Speaking, this new volume has been significantly updated. It includes up-to-the-minute information on using computers, computer graphics, and typography for your writing, and on using the same technology for designing your presentations. The result is an authoritative and comprehensive single volume that will be the essential guide for everyone wishing to communicate more easily and effectively at work.
Category: Business & Economics

The Plain English Approach To Business Writing

Author : Edward P. Bailey Jr.
ISBN : 9780199746279
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 30.99 MB
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In offices across America, the Masters of Gobbledygook are hard at work. They're bombarding in-boxes with those long, confusing memos that colleagues don't have the patience to read--and bosses don't have the time to rewrite. They use words like "commence" or "prior to" instead of "begin" or "before." They bury their main point somewhere in the last paragraph--and take two pages to get there. Everybody knows one of them; in fact, you may even be one of them. But now there's help for anyone who's ever fallen prey to businessese, academese, legalese, or any other "ese" when faced with a blank memo pad. In The Plain English Approach to Business Writing, Edward Bailey--who spent twenty years working in the bastions of bureaucratese--offers readers a powerful new communications tool. Written for busy professionals who want to improve the quality and clarity of their own (or their staff's) writing style, this no-nonsense guide is an indispensable office companion. Bailey's approach is 5urprisingly straightforward: just write as you would talk. Plain English is not only easier to read; it's also easier to write. And it's so effective that many large organizations are endorsing, if not demanding, its use in the work place. Pithy and entertaining, Bailey points out all the dos and don'ts of plain English. He then illustrates them with examples drawn from a wide array of sources, including business documents, technical manuals, trade publications like Consumer Reports, and the works of writers such as Russell Baker and John D. MacDonald. From the basics to the fine tuning, he offers practical advice on clarity and precision, organization, layout, and a host of other important writing topics. A delightful, down-to-earth guide, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing is for professionals of all backgrounds (government, military, legal, financial, technical, corporate) and staff at all levels (from the company CEO to the ambitious secretary). The Plain English Approach to Business Writing can be read in an hour--and used for the rest of one's life.
Category: Business & Economics

Fowler S Concise Dictionary Of Modern English Usage

Author : Henry Watson Fowler
ISBN : 9780199666317
Genre : Electronic book
File Size : 82.18 MB
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Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable quick-reference work, providing clear, practical and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.
Category: Electronic book

Garner On Language And Writing

Author : Bryan A. Garner
ISBN : 1604424451
Genre : Law
File Size : 87.75 MB
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Since the 1987 appearance of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Bryan A. Garner has proved to be a versatile and prolific writer on legal-linguistic subjects. This collection of his essays shows both profound scholarship and sharp wit. The essays cover subjects as wide-ranging as learning to write, style, persuasion, contractual and legislative drafting, grammar, lexicography, writing in law school, writing in law practice, judicial writing, and all the literature relating to these diverse subjects.
Category: Law

Writing At Work

Author : Neil James
ISBN : 9781741762440
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 89.70 MB
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Effective writing is a key to professional success.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Oxford Guide To Effective Writing And Speaking

Author : John Seely
ISBN : 9780191649103
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 90.30 MB
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The Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking is the essential guide for everyone who needs to communicate in clear and effective English, both written and spoken. John Seely looks at the key factors to consider in tailoring your material so that you get your message across, such as understanding the demands of particular audiences, subjects, and situations. Clearly organized, the book is arranged in four sections: A Communicating in everyday life - covers a wide range of communications including writing emails to giving presentations and preparing reports. B Getting your message across - focuses on important factors such as the audience, the subject, time, and purpose. C Communication tools - offers advice on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation to ensure that communication is accurate as well as appropriate. D The process of writing - looks at what's involved in writing longer pieces, including planning and drafting, research, summaries, editing, and presentation. Full of practical guidance, this book also includes helpful 'You Try' sections and 'guidelines' to practise and reinforce what you've learnt. The answers to the exercises in the 'You Try' sections can be found at the back of the book. This is the most comprehensive guide to using English for effective communication available; it covers an unrivalled range of situations and requirements, making it ideal for use at work, at school and university, or at home.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Preparing Legal Documents Nonlawyers Can Read And Understand

Author : Wayne Schiess
ISBN : STANFORD:36105064241008
Genre : Law
File Size : 21.99 MB
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This text teaches lawyers how to adjust their writing to accommodate the nonlegal audience. Improve legal writing for the lay audience as well as find examples of poor legal writing, common errors, why they should be fixed, and how to fix them. This book is ideal for practicing lawyers or law students who want their material to be understood and not ignored.
Category: Law

Compact Oxford English Dictionary Of Current English

Author : Catherine Soanes
ISBN : UCSC:32106019298717
Genre : Foreign Language Study
File Size : 73.39 MB
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This revised third edition finds words quickly with easy-to-use design; can get you extra help with thousands of real examples plus usage and grammar notes; and improves your writing with practical advice in the Effective English section. It contains 150,000 words, phrases and definitions.
Category: Foreign Language Study

The Form Book

Author : Borries Schwesinger
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215530465
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 65.60 MB
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A unique and practical guide to what good form design can achieve in business and communication.
Category: Business & Economics

The Oxford Guide To Etymology

Author : Philip Durkin
ISBN : 9780191618789
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 32.58 MB
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This practical introduction to word history investigates every aspect of where words come from and how they change. Philip Durkin, chief etymologist of the Oxford English Dictionary, shows how different types of evidence can shed light on the myriad ways in which words change in form and meaning. He considers how such changes can be part of wider linguistic processes, or be influenced by a complex mixture of social and cultural factors. He illustrates every point with a wide range of fascinating examples. Dr Durkin investigates folk etymology and other changes which words undergo in everyday use. He shows how language families are established, how words in different languages can have a common ancester, and the ways in which the latter can be distinguished from words introduced through language contact. He examines the etymologies of the names of people and places. His focus is on English but he draws many examples from languages such as French, German, and Latin which cast light on the pre-histories of English words. The Oxford Guide to Etymology is reliable, readable, instructive, and enjoyable. Everyone interested in the history of words will value this account of an endlessly fascinating subject.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Indlish

Author : Jyoti Sanyal
ISBN : UCAL:B4975158
Genre : English language
File Size : 70.33 MB
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Enraged polemic though this book may be, it is also constructive,collected and funny. Where it is angry, it is righteous anger because the evils it condemns if left unchecked are likely to kill English as a truly expressive medium for journalistic and business writing in India. . . . This book may be the last hope for reform.
Category: English language

The Plain English Approach To Business Writing

Author : Edward P. Bailey
ISBN : UCSD:31822004926143
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 69.50 MB
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A guide to business writing for busy professionals teaches style, organization, layout, punctuation, passive voice, and the writing process
Category: Business & Economics

Oxford Compact Thesaurus

Author : Lucy Hollingworth
ISBN : 0198614306
Genre : English language
File Size : 21.53 MB
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Helping you get the best out of a thesaurus, this writing guide contains a two-colour text design, thousands of new example sentences, and Word Link panels to help improve your vocabulary.
Category: English language

The Oxford Guide To Writing And Speaking

Author : John Seely
ISBN : UOM:39015040378583
Genre : Communication
File Size : 64.53 MB
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Oxford University Press har her gitt ut en bok for alle som ønsker å forbedre sine muntlige og skriftlige kommunikasjonsevner i engelsk. Boka kanbrukes både til å slå opp for å få råd i en bestemt situasjon eller for å lese nærmere om et emne. Det er lagt vekt på en brukervennlig layout, realistiske eksempler og illustrasjoner. Første del tar for seg hvordan man kommuniserer i en rekke hverdagslige situasjoner: via forretningsbrev, fax og e-post, i jobbsøknad, intervju, møter, presentasjoner, rapporter, essays, skrifter, avhandlinger og møter med media. De neste delene tar for seg det åfå budskapet overlevert, det engelske språket og selve skriveprosessen. Har ordliste.
Category: Communication