5 USE CORRECT GRAMMAR
American English can be difficult to write correctly because it doesn't always follow clear-cut
rules. You might find differences between the advice in this book and another book's advice, or
the rules you learned in school. That's because many grammar and word-usage issues are not
matters of hard-and-fast rules, but of style. Throughout this workbook, you'll find widely accepted and easy-to-use style guidelines that are accepted in the workplace today.
In this lesson, you'll learn to write clearly and professionally with these strategies:
|• ||Avoiding incomplete sentences and achieving parallel sentence structure|
|• ||Using strategic parts of speech to write clear, correct, dynamic sentences|
|• ||Recognizing the effects of passive and active language, and using them appropriately|
|• ||Recognizing frequently misused words, and using them appropriately and confidently|
INCOMPLETE SENTENCES AND PARALLEL STRUCTURE
First, you'll learn how to avoid incomplete sentences and maintain parallel structure in a sentence. These techniques make sure that each sentence you write communicates a complete
thought to a reader, and make sure that the reader grasps the logic of your message.