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Key terms: style; readability; KIS principle.

Exercises

Exercise 1. Review questions:

  1. What does ones style depend on?
  2. What can reports be spoiled by?
  3. Describe the principle that should be applied when writing a report.

Exercise 2. Here are some examples of longer words that we are tempted to use when writing. Give shorter alternatives. (If you need help, use a Thesaurus).


Abundance

Finalise

Alteration

Forward (verb)

Appreciable

Fundamental

Authentic

Initiate

Beneficial

Locality

Commencement

Merchandise

Deficiencies

Optimum

Encounter

Problematical

Endeavour

Sufficient

Envisage

Termination

Felicitous

Utilise

Exercise 3. Using phrases that are pompous and long-winded is a common fault of report writers. Replace the following phrases with ones saying the same thing in a simple way.

  1. in the not distant future
  2. in the event that ...
  3. prior to ...
  4. taking into consideration
  5. not without considerable trouble
  6. in view of the fact that
  7. in such a fashion as to ensure
  8. manpower resources
  9. for reasons of a practical nature
  10. adjacent to
  11. in the work situation
  12. in the interim period
  13. the expensive nature of the product
  14. the position in regard to the availability of .....
  15. will find it advisable to ...
  16. the least possible degree of...
  17. an increase in pressure became apparent
  18. not by any means unknown
  19. adopted measures to ...

 

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