How To Write In Plain English

I’m a proponent of clear and simple business writing. The Plain English Campaign has developed a helpful guide to make your writing more easily undersood:

Almost anything – from leaflets and letters to legal documents – can be written in plain English without being patronising or over-simple.

  • Keep your sentences short
  • Prefer active verbs
  • Use ‘you’ and ‘we’
  • Choose words appropriate for the reader
  • Don’t be afraid to give instructions
  • Avoid nominalisations
  • Use positive language
  • Use lists where appropriate

via Rodent Regatta and Meryl’s Notes.

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