The passive voice remains an easy target of business writing critics, but sometimes it is preferable to an active sentence. “There’s too much passive writing,” grumbles one colleague, while another urges, “Always use the active voice.”...
Jobs become boring when the daily routine is repetitive, and so does writing when you read short, choppy sentences with the same structure and length. But everyday business writing doesn’t need to read like a children’s book. The simplest sentence...
Simple and direct is the reliable go-to sentence structure of English, but if you edit closely and notice that certain words in a sentence create important emphasis, rearrange the order to position those words at the end. Positioning words for emphasis, so that you...
The way many people read today — tapping, skimming, swiping – is affecting how well we process and remember information, says a neuroscientist who studies digital reading. Maryanne Wolf, author of Reader Come Home: the Reading Brain in a Digital World, says...
Ask people for words starting with “c” that describe good writing, and they will quickly toss out clear and concise, which are the backbone of good writing. But other important qualities also begin with “c.” Cohesive — When you breeze...
Conjunctions, such as and, but, or, and so, can make a difference in the meaning of your sentence. Be sure to choose the right one. Conjunctions are connecting words that express a relationship between two elements (words, clauses, or phrases). You tend to pay little...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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