Oxford Guide to Plain English (4th ed.)

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Plain English is the art of writing clearly, concisely, and in a way that precisely communicates your message to your intended audience. This book offers 25 practical guidelines helping you to improve your vocabulary, style, grammar, and layout to achieve clear writing. It gives expert advice on all aspects of the writing process: from avoiding jargon and legalese, to organizing written information in print and online. It also shows you how it's done with hundreds ofreal examples, including 'before' and 'after' versions. All this is presented in an authoritative and engaging way.Completely revised and updated, this essential reference work is now even more useful: the word lists have been expanded; a new list of clichéd and troublesome words to avoid has been added; and examples of real-life stories have been replaced with more recent ones. An improved design gives the book a fresh feel.
  • OUP Oxford; August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780191649110
  • Edition: 4
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Oxford Guide to Plain English
  • Author: Martin Cutts
  • Imprint: OUP Oxford

In The Press

This is a most useful addition to the shelves of anyone who has to write whether it is for the web, report-writing, letters, emails, instruction manuals or legal documents. Here is clarity and common sense - this little book provides it all and for a very reasonable cost indeed.

About The Author

Martin Cutts is a writer, editor, and teacher. He co- founded the Plain English Campaign in 1979, and in 1994 he founded Plain Language Commission. He gives writing-skills courses in companies, government departments, and law firms. He is a leading voice in the international plain-language movement.