Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, Second Edition / Edition 2

Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Anne Enquist, Laurel Currie Oates
     
 

ISBN-10: 0735549559

ISBN-13: 9780735549555

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

The new edition of Just Writing concentrates on the fundamentals of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and style. Concise and student-friendly, this updated paperback helps both the novice and experienced.

The authors designed their book to be efficient and effective:

  • tailored specifically for the legal writer, this complete handbook covers the
  • Overview

    The new edition of Just Writing concentrates on the fundamentals of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and style. Concise and student-friendly, this updated paperback helps both the novice and experienced.

    The authors designed their book to be efficient and effective:

  • tailored specifically for the legal writer, this complete handbook covers the full range of principles of good legal writing, including style, grammar, punctuation, and other mechanics of writing
  • short length and focused content make Just Writing an appropriate supplemental text for any legal writing course
  • presents tips and techniques for every step of the writing process, including planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading
  • adapted from The Legal Writing Handbook the highly praised text from Oates, Enquist, and Kunsch
  • clear explanations and excellent examples help students grasp concepts quickly and easily
  • an excellent chapter on Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers addresses the special needs of these students
  • a glossary of usage gives helpful hints on word choice

    Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, Second Edition, now offers:

  • practice exercises, included on a separate CD with the book, help students build specific skills as they are discussed
  • the same structure and coverage that was so popular in the first edition, polished and refined in light of class experience

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780735549555
    Publisher:
    Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Publication date:
    03/28/2005
    Edition description:
    2ND BK&CDR
    Pages:
    339
    Product dimensions:
    6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgmentsxv
    Introduction1
    Part IA Guide to Effective Writing5
    Chapter 1Effective Writing--The Whole Paper7
    1.1The Psychology of Writing7
    1.2Outlines, Writing Plans, and Ordered Lists9
    1.3Drafting the Document12
    1.4Revising15
    1.5Editing17
    1.6Proofreading18
    1.7Myths About Writing19
    Chapter 2Connections Between Paragraphs23
    2.1Headings23
    2.2Roadmaps and Signposts25
    Chapter 3Effective Paragraphs31
    3.1The Function of a Paragraph31
    3.2Paragraph Patterns32
    3.3Unity and Coherence in Paragraphs33
    3.4Paragraph Length37
    3.5Topic and Concluding Sentences40
    3.6Paragraph Blocks46
    Chapter 4Connections Between Sentences53
    4.1Generic Transitions53
    4.2Orienting Transitions58
    4.3Substantive Transitions59
    Chapter 5Effective Sentences71
    5.1Active and Passive Voice71
    5.2Concrete Subjects76
    5.3Action Verbs78
    5.4Distance Between Subjects and Verbs80
    5.5Sentence Length82
    5.6Emphasis87
    Chapter 6Effective Words97
    6.1Diction and Precision97
    6.2Conciseness110
    6.3Plain English v. Legalese126
    6.4Gender-neutral Language136
    6.5Bias-free Language141
    Chapter 7Eloquence145
    7.1Purple Prose145
    7.2Common Features of Eloquent Writing147
    Part IIA Guide to Correct Writing159
    Chapter 8Grammar161
    8.1Basic Sentence Grammar161
    8.2Fragments171
    8.3Verb Tense and Mood176
    8.4Agreement183
    8.5Pronoun Reference195
    8.6Modifiers199
    8.7Parallelism204
    Chapter 9Punctuation211
    9.1The Comma211
    9.2The Semicolon230
    9.3The Colon234
    9.4The Apostrophe236
    9.5Other Marks of Punctuation239
    9.6Comma Splices and Fused Sentences255
    Part IIIA Guide to Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers259
    Chapter 10Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers261
    10.1Grammar Rules for Non-Native Speakers of English261
    10.2Rhetorical Preferences in Writing290
    Glossary of Usage303
    Index311

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