Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Delete extra words from your writing, part of Writing in Plain English.
- When you hear the word expletive,…you may think of a profane, vulgar…obscene word, and those kinds of…words certainly have no place in business writing.…However, we're focusing on another meaning.…The linguistic definition of expletive is…a word without meaning that is added…merely as a filler.…When we think of a filler of any kind,…wood filler, tooth filling, we understand…that something is being added merely to fill a space.…In the instance of split wood and a cavity,…that filler can be a good thing.…
In writing, it's generally a bad thing.…Sometimes fillers are used to refer to…any word or expression that merely…adds words to a sentence.…In this lesson, I'm using filler specifically…for the expletives: there and it.…Those meaningless words that add nothing to…the sentence except extra words.…There is, there are, it is, are the opening…words to watch for.…Just to clarify, there is used correctly…as an adverb, identifying a place.…
Put the book over there on the table.…And it is used correctly as a pronoun.…Jane is remodeling her kitchen because…
If you can write in plain English, you can save time, save money, and save face in communications. Start watching to learn how to make your writing more "plain": stronger, clearer, and more concise.
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- Understanding plain English
- Catching mistakes by reading aloud
- Simplifying sentences
- Using strong verbs and meaningful words
- Avoiding corporate jargon
- Finding the right voice and tone
- Editing flow and content
- Writing in a conversational style