The Plain English Guide

The Plain English Guide

by Martin Cutts (Author)


This guide is suitable for professional, study and general use. It explains how to set out and write better letters, memos, instructions, legal documents, and reports. Writers of business and other official documents are often accused of being obscure, long-winded, and prone to jargon. This guide aims to show users how to write plain English. It offers 20 easy-to-follow guidelines covering plain words, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, planning and good organization of points. Along the way, it controversially explodes such writing myths as Never start a sentence with but and Never split your infinitives .



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 07 Nov 1996

ISBN 10: 0198600496
ISBN 13: 9780198600497

Author Bio

About the Author
Martin Cutts conceived and co-founded the Plain English Campaign in 1979. In 1989, he formed Words at Work, a firm which last year ran 140 courses in writing skills for government and business. Currently he runs the Plain Language Commission which conducts research in the field, particularly plain law.