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The Quick Reference Plain English Guide (Oxford quick reference) [Paperback]

Martin Cutts
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Oct 1999 Oxford quick reference
Over the last two decades, governments and companies around the world have been encouraged to implement plain English in order to communicate essential information in letters, documents, reports, contracts, and forms in a more clear and understandable way. The Quick Reference Plain English Guide is a practical guide that explains how to write, and communicate information clearly. It provides guidance on how to write better letters, memos, instructions, legal documents, and reports to avoid being obscure, long-winded, and prone to jargon. This guide teaches how to write plain English using 20 easy-to-follow guidelines covering plain words, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, planning, and good organization of points. Writing myths are also explored and controversially exploded, such as 'You must not start a sentence with but', and 'You must not split your infinitives'.

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662433
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Martin Cutts was co-founder of the Plain English Campaign in 1979, and in 1994 he established the Plain Language Commission to carry our research projects. He is a leading voice in the international plain language movement.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as the title suggests. 1 Oct 2000
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The author does not believe in beating around the bush when it comes to writing. His message is quite clear throughout - when it can be said in simple, plain English - write it that way. He gives hundreds of "before and after" examples, where he practices what he preaches. Overall a good buy.
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