Monthly Archives: February 2012

Editing – Tutorial No. 3

Mercilessly butcher redundant sentences This appeared on the website of a home security company: One of the major problems faced by security companies and police is that 98% of all home and business alarms triggered are false alarms. Experience has … Continue reading

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Running the Numbers With Mark Twain

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. Sooner or later your business writing will include numbers. In general, they’ll be units of production and amounts of money. Edit this stuff with a hard eye. Do everything you can to … Continue reading

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Defusing Logic Bombs – Tutorial No. 2

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. The verbosity of business writing includes oddities that I call ‘logic bombs’. These are words that are not just excess to the writer’s requirements, but technically illogical. So logic bombs weaken your … Continue reading

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Defusing Logic Bombs – Tutorial No. 1

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. ‘Logic Bombs’ are words or phrases that are logically impossible. Here’s an example from a recruitment ad: LOGIC BOMB:  Your role will be responsible for managing, developing and overseeing operations. A ‘role’ … Continue reading

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Oiling the Gears – Tutorial No. 3

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. As you proofread and edit your documents, check that your subjects and verbs agree in number: Subject – Verb Agreement:  When the subject of a sentence is singular, the verb must be … Continue reading

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Oiling the Gears – Tutorial No. 2

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. The ‘FROM … TO’ case is a pair of linked phrases expressing movement in space or time. When you find examples in your business writing, test them like this: 1. Delete all but … Continue reading

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Oiling the Gears – Tutorial No. 1

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog There’s a category of editing I think of as ‘oiling the gears’. This is basically fine-tuning phrases or clauses that are linked in some way. Linked phrases include those found with ‘relative conjunctions’ like … Continue reading

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