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Plain English for lawyers

Author: Richard C Wydick
Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Wydick, Richard C.
Plain English for lawyers.
Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, 1985
(OCoLC)777355157
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard C Wydick
ISBN: 0890892512 9780890892510 0890892563 9780890892565
OCLC Number: 12414953
Description: 117 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Why plain English --
Omit surplus words: --
How to spot bad construction --
Avoid compound constructions --
Avoid word-wasting idioms --
Focus on the actor, the action, and the object --
Do not use redundant legal phrases --
Use base verbs, not nominalizations --
Prefer the active voice --
Use short sentences --
Arrange your words with care: --
Avoid wide gaps between the subject, the verb, and the object --
Avoid nested modifiers --
When necessary, tabulate --
Put modifying words close to what they modify --
Use familiar, concrete words --
Use concrete words --
Use familiar words --
Do not use lawyerisms --
Avoid shotgunning --
Avoid language quirks --
Avoid elegant variation --
Avoid noun chains --
Avoid multiple negatives --
Avoid cosmic detachment --
Use strong nouns and verbs --
Avoid sexist language --
Avoid throat clearing.
Responsibility: Richard C. Wydick.

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