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Chapter 10 Writing Effective Sentences
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Chapter 10 Writing Effective Sentences 2007 Bedford/St. Martins 2 Writing Effective Sentences Seven Principles Use Lists Put new and important information at the end of the sentence Choose an appropriate sentence length Focus on the “real” subject Focus on the “real” verb Express parallel elements in parallel structures Use modifiers effectively
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Chapter 10 Writing Effective Sentences 2007 Bedford/St. Martins 3 Why Use Lists Long and complicated sentences in technical writing This limits the reader’s ability to concentrate on the information Lists help direct the reader’s eyes to the important information Guidelines to Creating Effective Lists 1. Set off each item with a number, a letter, or a symbol 2. Break up long lists 3. Present the items in a parallel structure 4. Structure and punctuate the lead-in correctly 5. Punctuate the list correctly
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Chapter 10 Writing Effective Sentences 2007 Bedford/St. Martins 4 Before a list There are four major problems with the online registration system at Dickerson University. First, lists of closed sections cannot be updated as often as necessary. Second, students who want to register in a closed section must be assigned to a special terminal. Third, the computer staff is not trained to handle student problems. Fourth, the university has to rent 15 extra terminals to handle registration because the Computer Center's own terminals cannot be used on the system, therefore, the university has to rent 15 extra terminals to handle registration.
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Chapter 10 Writing Effective Sentences 2007 Bedford/St. Martins 5 After a list There are four major problems with the online registration system at Dickerson: Lists of closed sections cannot be updated as often as necessary. Students who want to register in a closed section must be assigned to a special terminal. The computer staff is not trained to handle student problems. The university has to rent 15 extra terminals to handle registration because the Computer Center's own terminals cannot be used on the system.
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2007 Bedford/St. Martins 6 Guidelines for Effective Lists Set off each listed item with a number, a letter, or a symbol (usually a bullet). Break up long lists. Page 223—use this for instruction assignment (Group steps) Present the items in a parallel structure. Page 223, 224 Use for instruction assignment (Click, Open, Save) Structure and punctuate the lead-in correctly. Punctuate the list correctly.
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2010 for the course COM 2610 taught by Professor O'donnell during the Summer '10 term at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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