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Unformatted text preview: cut references to your intentions 2. Check for Action a. whos doing what? Let the subject perform the action b. dont begin with there or it c. avoid passive voice; use active voice 3. Connect a. use consistent subjects (dont change subjects without warning) b. connect sentences with transitional words and phrases (see list below) c. vary the way you connect and combine (dont get in a rut) d. refer to previous ideas as you move to new ones e. avoid ambiguous antecedents 4. Commit a. commit to a stand and defend it fairly b. use critical thinking skills: compare, contrast, use examples, probe assumptions c. avoid ambivalence and indecision (if not, clearly state why) 5. Choose Vivid and Appropriate Words a. avoid clichs and nonspecific words; use vivid, definite words b. avoid jargon, slang, ambiguous words c. be politically correct (avoid prejudice, dont offend) d. try to think of possible confusions and avoid them e. check agreement of subject and verb...
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- Winter '08