Monthly Archives: March 2012

Editing for Readability – Tutorial No. 1

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. In this tutorial I’ll take you through the readability edit of a typical About Us page for a small business. The rule for readability is simple: Use short words and short sentences. … Continue reading

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Dangling Participles – Tutorial No. 3

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. Many grammarians refer to dangling participles as the participles in introductory phrases or clauses followed by an illogical noun or pronoun for them to modify. This is usually the subject of the … Continue reading

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Dangling Participles and Prepositions – Tutorial No. 2

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. While many editors and English teachers are willing to let danglers slide these days, I’m old school, hardcore. If you’ve left something dangling, fix it. But first you have to find it. In … Continue reading

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Dangling Participles – Tutorial No. 1

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. The “Dangling Participle” rule is simple: Write participles and prepositions before their objects, never after.  Most editors, and even many English teachers, are happy to let them slide these days. But I think you … Continue reading

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Free download beats MS Word in readability calculation

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. For years I depended on the readability calculator built in to Microsoft Word. This feature calculates how easy a document is to read, based on the work of Dr. Rudolph Flesch. It … Continue reading

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Passive verb hides logic bomb, lazy writer

Thank you for visiting by business writing blog. Here’s a logic bomb popular among bureaucrats, business writers and, sadly, journalists. (I’ve highlighted subjects in blue and verbs in red.) ‘The email was sent last April, and it is not known … Continue reading

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Editing HR Jargon

Thank you for visiting my business writing blog. Q:  How do you make the Sydney Harbour Bridge look small? Arriving in the city a bit early this morning, I took a walk around Circular Quay, Sydney’s central wharf area for … Continue reading

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