Oxford Guide to Plain English
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.
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1 Writing shorter sentences or chopping up snakes
2 Preferring plain words
3 Writing tight
4 Favouring the active voice
5 Using vigorous verbs and untying noun strings
6 Using vertical lists
7 Converting negative to positive
8 Crossreferences cross readers
16 Using readercentred structure
17 Using alternatives to words words words
18 Management of colleagues writing
19 Good practice with email
20 Writing better instructions
21 Clarity for the Web
22 Lucid legal language
23 Writing lowliteracy plain English
9 Using good punctuation
10 Pitching your writing at the right level
11 Six writing myths explored and exploded
12 Clearly nonsexist
13 Conquering grammarphobia
14 Sound starts and excellent endings
15 Planning effectively
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