How to write plain English

How to write plain English Author Rudolf Franz Flesch
ISBN-10 UOM:39015038169556
Release 1979-08
Pages 126
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Tackling the obfuscation inherent in legal language, Flesch isolates the elements in legal writing that make most documents beyond the layman's comprehension and offers remedies for each obstacle to easy reading and understanding

How to Write Plain English

How to Write Plain English Author M. L. Stein
ISBN-10 0671504258
Release 1984-01-01
Pages 144
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Examines the components of good writing, providing detailed exercises and suggestions for strengthening basic writing skills

Legal Writing in Plain English

Legal Writing in Plain English Author Bryan A. Garner
ISBN-10 9780226284187
Release 2001-06-05
Pages 227
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing. Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents. Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves. Legal Writing in Plain English includes: *Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines. *Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully. *Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions. *Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet). *Helpful guidance on page layout. *A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark. *Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.

Writing in Plain English

Writing in Plain English Author Robert D. Eagleson
ISBN-10 0644068485
Release 1991
Pages 122
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A guide for writing plain English prepared by the Department of Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories. Although designed specifically for public servants it can also be used as both an instructor's handbook and a self-help manual. Includes a glossary of plain English alternatives.

Plain English at Work

Plain English at Work Author Edward P. Bailey Jr.
ISBN-10 0198026447
Release 1996-05-16
Pages 304
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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.

Oxford Guide to Plain English

Oxford Guide to Plain English Author Martin Cutts
ISBN-10 9780199669172
Release 2013-08-15
Pages 288
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Provides guidance on writing clearly and effectively, covering such topics as sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, and proofreading.

Language on Trial

Language on Trial Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105060469652
Release 1996
Pages 89
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This book looks at the forces that have made traditional legal language what it is today and suggests some reasoms why the law needs plain English. It also shows why most of its peculiarities are unnecessary.

The Plain English Approach to Business Writing

The Plain English Approach to Business Writing Author Edward P. Bailey
ISBN-10 9780195115659
Release 1997-08-07
Pages 132
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Entertaining and down-to-earth, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing shows busy professionals of all backgrounds--corporate, government, financial, legal--how to write clearly and effectively. It can be read in an hour, and used for the rest of one's life.

Legal Writing in Plain English Second Edition

Legal Writing in Plain English  Second Edition Author Bryan A. Garner
ISBN-10 9780226031392
Release 2013-08-26
Pages 256
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section. In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.

Plain Language in Plain English

Plain Language in Plain English Author Cheryl Stephens
ISBN-10 9780557537877
Release 2010
Pages 208
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This book shows you how to write for customers and clients in language that’s easy to understand. It is a thorough companion to the writing process, with comprehensive guidance and advice on understanding your readers, planning and creating your text, and presenting your words in a good design.The contributor list reads like a who’s who of plain language experts. Plain Language in Plain English is a valuable resource for governments, businesses, service providers, and professionals in any field to improve their communication.From organizational guidelines, literacy awareness, and reader expectations, to effective speaking strategies for presentations, Plain Language in Plain English, is a comprehensive tool to have in your “communication toolbox.â€

Writing Science in Plain English

Writing Science in Plain English Author Anne E. Greene
ISBN-10 9780226026404
Release 2013-05-24
Pages 128
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Scientific writing is often dry, wordy, and difficult to understand. But, as Anne E. Greene shows in Writing Science in Plain English,writers from all scientific disciplines can learn to produce clear, concise prose by mastering just a few simple principles. This short, focused guide presents a dozen such principles based on what readers need in order to understand complex information, including concrete subjects, strong verbs, consistent terms, and organized paragraphs. The author, a biologist and an experienced teacher of scientific writing, illustrates each principle with real-life examples of both good and bad writing and shows how to revise bad writing to make it clearer and more concise. She ends each chapter with practice exercises so that readers can come away with new writing skills after just one sitting. Writing Science in Plain English can help writers at all levels of their academic and professional careers—undergraduate students working on research reports, established scientists writing articles and grant proposals, or agency employees working to follow the Plain Writing Act. This essential resource is the perfect companion for all who seek to write science effectively.

Effective Writing

Effective Writing Author Elizabeth Manning Murphy
ISBN-10 1922198145
Release 2014
Pages 202
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Annotation. 'Effective writing: plain English at work', second edition, is about writing that works: it is based on sound English grammar and plain English style. If you want to write in a way that is clear and meaningful, to avoid writing `gobbledegook¿, and to be able to explain effective writing to others, this book is for you. Through this book you will gain the skills needed to write cohesive paragraphs and to consider your target audience. This updated edition also considers writing emails, material for websites, and other workplace writing that wasn¿t covered in the first edition.- How do you explain to a colleague why their writing `doesn¿t make sense¿?- Why does choice of font matter in a document?- What is appropriate use of social media in the workplace?- Why is white space important in an email and in a printed report?Many such questions are answered here. You can practise writing and check your progress by doing the activities after every topic. Use this book as a self-tutor or as a class textbook.

Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists

Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists Author Oscar Linares
ISBN-10 9780190654856
Release 2017-03-15
Pages 224
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Plain English for Doctors shows how to write about medical science in a clear and vivid way. It can help a medical writer at any level, from beginner to veteran, since it gives specific, practical advice. Writing in plain English can help your writing reach a wider audience, including people in other specialties, levels of training, other fields, and other countries around the world. What makes medical writing hard to read? Is it complex science or complex grammar? This book shows how to keep good science but avoid complex grammar. It describes the symptoms of medicus incomprehensibilis, those over-used writing habits that tend to make medical writing hard to read. It shows how to treat each symptom using a proven plain English writing tip. Each tip is easy to apply and comes with exercises. The exercises are based on excerpts from articles published in leading medical journals. Model revisions vastly improve reading ease and grade level. The book looks at medical writing from three angles. Concept 1, Take charge of your reading ease score, shows how to manage reading ease. Concept 2, Write vividly, shows how to write more vividly by focusing on real world objects and actions. Concept 3, Present logical reasoning clearly, gives tips on how to choose a clear narrative pathway and forge a strong chain of logical reasoning. This book is a must for anyone who writes about medical science. The ability to express complex ideas in simple language is not a remedial skill. Rather, it can only be seen as a sign of mastery.

A Plain English Handbook

A Plain English Handbook Author Nancy M. Smith
ISBN-10 075670314X
Release 2001-04
Pages 77
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This handbook issued by the Securities and Exchange Comm. (SEC) shows how you can use well-established techniques for writing in plain English to create clearer and more informative disclosure documents. When drafting a document for filing with the SEC, you must make sure it meets all legal requirements. Chapters: what is a "plain English" document?; knowing your audience; knowing the info. you need to disclose; organizing the document; writing in plain English; designing the document; time-saving tips; using readability formulas and style checkers; evaluating the document; reading list; the SEC's plain English rules; and "before" and "after" filings with notes.

Statistics in Plain English Fourth Edition

Statistics in Plain English  Fourth Edition Author Timothy C. Urdan
ISBN-10 9781317526988
Release 2016-07-25
Pages 286
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This introductory textbook provides an inexpensive, brief overview of statistics to help readers gain a better understanding of how statistics work and how to interpret them correctly. Each chapter describes a different statistical technique, ranging from basic concepts like central tendency and describing distributions to more advanced concepts such as t tests, regression, repeated measures ANOVA, and factor analysis. Each chapter begins with a short description of the statistic and when it should be used. This is followed by a more in-depth explanation of how the statistic works. Finally, each chapter ends with an example of the statistic in use, and a sample of how the results of analyses using the statistic might be written up for publication. A glossary of statistical terms and symbols is also included. Using the author’s own data and examples from published research and the popular media, the book is a straightforward and accessible guide to statistics. New features in the fourth edition include: sets of work problems in each chapter with detailed solutions and additional problems online to help students test their understanding of the material, new "Worked Examples" to walk students through how to calculate and interpret the statistics featured in each chapter, new examples from the author’s own data and from published research and the popular media to help students see how statistics are applied and written about in professional publications, many more examples, tables, and charts to help students visualize key concepts, clarify concepts, and demonstrate how the statistics are used in the real world. a more logical flow, with correlation directly preceding regression, and a combined glossary appearing at the end of the book, a Quick Guide to Statistics, Formulas, and Degrees of Freedom at the start of the book, plainly outlining each statistic and when students should use them, greater emphasis on (and description of) effect size and confidence interval reporting, reflecting their growing importance in research across the social science disciplines an expanded website at with PowerPoint presentations, chapter summaries, a new test bank, interactive problems and detailed solutions to the text’s work problems, SPSS datasets for practice, links to useful tools and resources, and videos showing how to calculate statistics, how to calculate and interpret the appendices, and how to understand some of the more confusing tables of output produced by SPSS. Statistics in Plain English, Fourth Edition is an ideal guide for statistics, research methods, and/or for courses that use statistics taught at the undergraduate or graduate level, or as a reference tool for anyone interested in refreshing their memory about key statistical concepts. The research examples are from psychology, education, and other social and behavioral sciences.

Legal And Business Writing In Plain English

Legal And Business Writing In Plain English Author Dr K R Chandratre
ISBN-10 818478113X
Release 2008-09-01
Pages 232
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Legal and Business Writing in Plain English is a plain language handbook that will help you to develop skills for writing English in plain language, with emphasis on techniques of English writing in plain English. This book will be useful to any person who is involved in legal, bureaucratic or business writing. It will prove a tool of trade for judges, lawyers, law professors, law researchers, company secretaries and chartered accountants, and students of professional courses, Government officers, Legislative drafters, company legal departments, Law Ministry officers, and business managers to improve their writing and legal drafting skills.The book weaves together the Twelve Guidelines for writing in Plain English to make easy for the writers to put their massage across efficiently and effectively so as to enable their readers to read and understand the writing effortlessly and clearly.The book is divided in 12 chapters which discuss the above guidelines in detail with the help of numerous 'before and after' examples.The Book contains (1) The Glossary of Plain Alternatives to Wordy Phrases; (2) The Glossary of Plain Alternatives to Antiquated and Complex Words and Phrases; and (3) The Glossary of Confusing Words. Besides, the book provides several tables of words and phrases to be avoided and to be preferred in any writing or drafting.In the last Chapter, the book also deals with style and structure guidelines for creating reader-friendly documents. Last but not least, the book gives in a few sample documents written in Plain English

Planning in Plain English

Planning in Plain English Author Natalie Macris
ISBN-10 UOM:39015050552747
Release 2000
Pages 105
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Successful Public Meetings (2nd ed.) Elaine Cogan. 2000 134 pp. $22.95 (paperback). Orderly, informative public meetings that engage all participants depend on careful preparation and good management. Veteran meeting planner Elaine Cogan offers detailed, practical advice for planning, setting up, running, and evaluating meetings of all kinds. This is essential reading for anyone who must conduct business in the public realm.