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Lida Zheng ASRC 100.3 “African American Women Writers” Professor Beverly Blacksher Style Lesson 8 Notes 4/17/08 Shape - A writer should be able to write a sentence clearer and longer than 20 words because some ideas can’t be communicated in a few words - Diagnosis and Reivison 1. Delete words that mean little or nothing a. For example delete works like kind of, actually, basically, really, generally that carry no meaning 2. Delete words that repeat the meaning of other words a. For example delete works like kind of, actually, basically, really, generally that carry no meaning 3. Delete words implied by other words a. Redundant words such as “terrible tragedy,” “future plans,” “true facts,” “final outcome,” “free gift” and etc. b. Redundant categories such as “that period of time to that period” or “accurate
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Unformatted text preview: manner to accurately” c. General implications such as chess is a game, learn implies try, etc 4. Replace a phrase with a word a. Carefully reader what you have written edit b. Use X instead of Y replace c. In the event that if d. There is a need for must e. It is possible that may 5. Change negatives to affirmatives a. Not many few b. Not include omit c. Not allow prevent Metadiscourse-Sometimes it is needed but often it buries the facts o Types: Attributing ideas to a source Announces topic Hedges and intensifies-Just try not to use too many Productive Redundancy-When we are unsure we tend to narrate our thinking Concise but not Terse- deleting can erase the charm...
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