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Plain English guide – new edition published

ogtpe2013[15 Aug 2013] The fourth edition of the Oxford Guide to Plain English is published today. Fully revised and extended to 288 pages, the book sets out 25 guidelines on how to produce clear documents and website text.

It includes sections on sentence length, reading ages, everyday vocabulary, clichés, legal language, ‘easyread’, passive and active voice, punctuation, proofreading and layout, as well as advice on how to plan and organize the written word.

The book is intended for anyone looking for practical ways of improving the clarity of their written English, including managers and professionals who want to coach their staff towards better writing and improve their own, as well as anyone who has to write letters, reports, notices, and legal documents. It’s part of a series covering grammar and punctuation, English usage, and spelling.

‘[T]his book is one that every writer should study.’ Writing  Magazine, 1 Dec 2013.

The book is published by Oxford University Press at GBP7.99.

ISBN 978-0-19-966917-2

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