How to Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills

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5
The Right Word:
Appropriate Language

Learning Objectives
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
Explain the elements of a dictionary entry.
Describe the difference between the denotation and the connotation of a word.
Cite two strategies for avoiding sexist and racially offensive language.
Define what is meant by agreement of subject and verb.
Cite four rules for choosing the correct pronoun.
Using the wrong word, or the right word in the wrong place, can have unintended results. Consider the following:
From a newspaper headline: Department requests swell town budget.
From the opening sentence of a news article: The FBI alleges that the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals tried to extort $20,000 from an ex-female friend.
From an announcement in a church bulletin: Thursday at 5:00 p.m. there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers will please meet the minister in his study.

We like coming across mistakes like these because they're funny, but we'd rather not be their author. Poorly chosen words or awkward sentence construction can cause misunderstanding and confusion, consequences more serious than being a source of amusement. Your goal as a writer should be to express your meaning precisely, concisely, and appropriately. This chapter suggests specific ways to do that.

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How to Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About This Course xi
  • How to Take This Course xiii
  • Pre-Test xv
  • 1: Writng for Your Reader 1
  • 2: Getting Organized 19
  • 3: Types of Business Writing 39
  • 4: Effective Writing 57
  • 5: The Right Word: Appropriate Language 75
  • 6: Language That Works 91
  • 7: Direct and Forceful Writing 105
  • 8: Write and Rewrite: Punctuating and Revising 121
  • 9: Research: Fact-Finding Missions 137
  • 10: Plugging In: Computers and Business Communication 155
  • Bibliography 169
  • Post-Test 171
  • Index 177
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