Writing Legally: 3 Tips to keep front of mind

Posted on 02-10-2016 by
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Communication is key in countless instances and a big communication tool is writing.

So what happens if you struggle with writing?

Not to worry, here are some tips that could help improve your writing thanks to GrammarBook.

Tip 1: Use concrete rather than vague language.

Vague: The weather was of an extreme nature on the West Coast.

This sentence raises frustrating questions: When did this extreme weather occur? What does "of an extreme nature" mean? Where on the West Coast did this take place?

Concrete: California had unusually cold weather last week.


Tip 2: Use active voice whenever possible. Active voice means the subject is performing the verb. Passive voice means the subject receives the action.

Active: Barry hit the ball.

Passive: The ball was hit.

Notice that the party responsible for the action—in the previous example, whoever hit the ball—may not even appear when using passive voice. So passive voice is a useful option when the responsible party is not known.

Example: My watch was stolen.


Tip 3: Avoid overusing there is, there are, it is, it was, etc.

Example: There is a case of meningitis that was reported in the newspaper.

Revision: A case of meningitis was reported in the newspaper.

Example: It is important to signal before making a left turn.

Revision:  Signaling before making a left turn is important.

Example: There are some revisions that must be made.

Revision: Some revisions must be made. (Passive voice)

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