Concise He dislikes litigation ELIMINATE CERTAIN PHRASES Clarity in writing

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Concise: He dislikes litigation. ELIMINATE CERTAIN PHRASES
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Clarity in writing results when the writer is able to express exactly what he wants to be reflected on his work. The last thing a writer would want is to confuse his readers. Clear writing involves clarity of expression and sentence structure. The writer must check for ambiguities. What is unclear for the writer is likewise unclear for the reader. CLARITY
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In most instances, place only one thought in a sentence. Example: WRONG : This agreement unless revocation has taken place at an earlier time shall cease to take effect on 01 October 2003. CORRECT : Unless sooner revoked, this agreement expires on 01 October 2003. BE CLEAR
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With gap between subject and verb: The plaintiff, distinguished at how it took for the court to decide such a simple ejectment case, filed for a motion for early resolution. Improved: The plaintiff filed a motion for early resolution. He was disgusted at the court s delay in resolving his simple ejectment case. AVOID WIDE GAPS BETWEEN SUBJECT, VERB & OBJECT
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Some writers habitually string together two or more sentences using connectives and relatives. Connectives: and , but , as , because , if , that , though Relatives: introduces a qualifying clause; e.g. who is …” Who, whose, whom, which, of which, what of what, that MINIMIZE THE USE OF CONNECTIVES & RELATIVE PRONOUNS
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A sentence is in the active voice if the subject performs the action expressed in the verb. As a rule, write in the active voice. The active voice is more forceful and concise. The active voice is more definite. The active voice focuses on the actor , the action and the object of the action . First state the actor, then the action and lastly the object to whom the action is directed. ACTIVE VOICE
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USE THE ACTIVE VOICE Passive The contract was signed by the parties. Active The parties signed the contract. Passive The boy was bitten by the dog. Active The dog bit the boy. Passive The motion of the complainant was objected by the respondent. Active Respondent objected to complainant s motion. Passive Interlocutory orders may still be modified by the courts. Active Courts can modify its interlocutory orders.
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When the thing is done is more important to know than the doer. Example: The subpoena was served on January 4, 2007. When the actor is unknown, the passive is the normal construction. Example: XY Pawnshop was robbed last week. For emphasis, the passive is used at the end of the sentence. Example: As Manny Reyes walked past the door, he was nabbed by journalists. USES OF THE PASSIVE VOICE
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A hidden verb is a verb converted into a noun. It often needs an extra verb to make sense. So we write, Please make an application for a personal loan rather than Please apply for a personal loan. Two signals of nominalization: AVOID NOMINALIZATION OR HIDDEN VERBS A. Distinct endings B. Weak helping verbs - ance; - ence; - ant; - ity; - ant; - ment; - ness; - sion; - tion; be; conduct; do; effect; get give; have; hold; make perform; provide; put
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Text with nominalization Plain Language revision We made an application We applied ...
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