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Transitional Words and Phrases - Three reasons to use them →

What are transitional words or phrases?

Transitions are phrases or words that are used to connect one idea to the next.

Why do we need transition words?

  1. They provide coherence to a story.
  2. They help writers bridge the gap between ideas.
  3. They provide a signal to the reader about what is coming next in the writing.

The chart in the post has a variety of transitional words and phrases, and it shows us how we should use them.

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Why Punctuation Matters in Love and Legalese →

Are you writing a love letter or threatening to get a restraining order? How can one comma cost one million dollars?

It’s all in the punctuation.

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Why you need strong verbs when you write →
Strong verbs improve your writing in three ways. They help you:
  1. Reduce adverbs: Choosing strong verbs helps you to be specific. You should replace an adverb and a verb with a strong verb if you can. It will improve your writing. Don’t say: “She held on tightly to the rope.” Do say: “She gripped the rope.” Don’t say: “He looked carefully at the documents.” Do say: “He examined the documents.”

  2. Avoid the passive voice: Choose specific, active verbs whenever you can. Don’t say: ‘He was said to be lying by the teacher.’ Do say: ‘The teacher accused him of lying.’

  3. Eliminate wordiness: Strong verbs help you eliminate wordiness by replacing different forms of the verb ‘to be’. They allow you to stop overusing words like ‘is’, ‘was’, ‘are’, and ‘were’. Don’t say: ‘She was the owner of a chain of restaurants.’ Do say: ‘She owned a chain of restaurants.’

If you reduce wordiness, choose specific verbs, and use the active voice, readers will be able to understand you more easily. This is what you want because the reason we write is to communicate. 
Examples of Strong Verbs
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Commonly confused abbreviations: etc., i.e., e.g. →

The abbreviations: etc., i.e., e.g.

etc. means ‘continuing in the same way’
i.e. means ‘that is’
e.g. means ‘for example’ Writing Tip: Always punctuate these abbreviations within commas. 

  1. Buy carrots, oranges, apples, etc., at this shop. 
  2. We give all clients an early bird discount, i.e., 10%.
  3. The course includes writing basics, e.g., grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Writing Tip: In good English, use ‘etc.’ as little as possible. It is better to be specific.

From our business writing course, The Plain Language Programme

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That or Which - Which one should I use? →

That is used for necessary information and has no commas.

A necessary phrase (known as a restrictive clause) uses the word ‘that’ and is not surrounded by commas. If you remove the phrase it changes the original meaning of the sentence.  Example: The novel that Sarah Bell wrote didn’t sell well.

Which is used for unnecessary information and is surrounded by commas.

An unnecessary phrase (known as a non-restrictive clause) uses the word ‘which’ and has commas. If you remove the phrase it does not change the original meaning of the sentence. Example: The Twilight novels, which were for young adults, were adapted for film. 

From The Plain Language Programme by Amanda Patterson

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