Writing at Work: How to Write Clearly, Effectively and Professionally

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The toolbox
⊡ Make the most of the largest language189
⊡ Choose the shortest words that match your meaning190
⊡ Simplify long words when you can190

The living language
⊡ Understand the origins of 'Englisc'195
⊡ Know the influence of French in officialese English196
⊡ Strike a balance between authority and readability197

Power tools
⊡ Measure your readability198
⊡ Apply the Fry readability graph199
⊡ Write below grade 10 for a public reader202
⊡ Aim at grade 12 readability for a more educated reader203
⊡ Beware of the limits of readability tools204

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Planning 11
  • 1: Readers 13
  • 2: Content 30
  • 3: Structure 50
  • Structure 77
  • 4: Focus 79
  • 5: Persuasion 97
  • 6: Coherence 116
  • 7: Design 134
  • Expression 151
  • 8: Tone 153
  • 9: Grammar 169
  • 10: Words 188
  • 11: Clutter 205
  • 12: At a Glance 222
  • 13: Sentences 241
  • Review 259
  • 14: Punctuation 261
  • 15: Style 280
  • 16: Editing 297
  • 17: Proofing 313
  • Further Reading 330
  • Chapter Notes 343
  • Acknowledgements 361
  • Index 363
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