Satisfy document requirements (Documentation style; visuals; format, data, font etc) 4. Get to the point. (Concise, uncluttered sentences) 5. Provide accurate information (details, research, referencing etc) 6. Present your material logically 7. Express yourself clearly (Grammar; Proofreading) 8. Use efficient wording (Word Choice) 9. Use lists for some information (organized bullets) 10. Format your pages carefully (be neat and leave white space) 11. Manage your time efficiently (Meet deadlines)
When it comes to writing in English, there are two main styles of writing – formal and informal. Consider these two examples: example 1 : this is to inform you that your book has been rejected by our publishing company as it was not up to the required standard. In case you would like us to reconsider it, we would suggest that you go over it and make some necessary changes. Example 2 : you know that book i wrote? Well, the publishing company rejected it. They thought it was awful. But hey, i did the best i could, and i think it was great. I’m not gonna redo it the way they said i should.
Differences Between Informal And Formal Writing Informal : may use colloquial (informal) words/expressions ( kids , guy , awesome , a lot , etc.). Formal : avoid using colloquial words/expressions (substitute with children , man/boy , wonderful , many , etc.) Informal : may use contractions ( can’t , won’t , shouldn’t , etc.). Formal : avoid contractions (write out full words – cannot , will not , should not , etc.). Informal : may use first, second, or third person. Formal : write in third person (except in business letters where first person may be used). Informal : may use short and simple sentences. Formal : longer and more complex sentences are preferred (short simple sentences reflects poorly on the writer)
Informal : may use clichés ( loads of , conspicuous by absence , etc.) Formal : avoid clichés (use many , was absent , etc.) Informal : may address readers using second person pronouns ( you , your , etc) formal : avoid addressing readers using second person pronouns (use one , one’s , the reader , the reader’s , etc.) Informal : may use abbreviated words ( photo , tv , etc) formal
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- Fall '18
- Zia Ul Rehman
- Writing, Grammatical person, use lists