Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing

Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing

by Lynne Agress
     
 

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Written to help the business person gain a grammatical advantage on his or her competition, Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing is a quick and complete guide to writing clear and concise e-mails, letters, and reports. By using real-world before-and-after examples from her workshop, Dr. Lynne Agress examines and explains the most common grammatical

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Written to help the business person gain a grammatical advantage on his or her competition, Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing is a quick and complete guide to writing clear and concise e-mails, letters, and reports. By using real-world before-and-after examples from her workshop, Dr. Lynne Agress examines and explains the most common grammatical pitfalls in business writing and helps the reader focus on avoiding confusing and incorrect language. Some of the topics Dr. Agress focuses on are: *transitional phrases / use of voice *awkward sentence structures *proper punctuation*tone*jargon and pretentious proseWith special sections on selecting a writing workshop / consultant, communicating over the Internet and editing others' work, Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing provides the quickest way to clear communication for business in the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The founder of Business Writing at Its Best Inc., a traveling writing workshop that includes clients such as UNISYS, Hewlett Packard, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Agress here provides a framework for good writing in business and law. She argues that "writing is not merely putting words on a page. It is using words that make sense, that express an idea in the clearest possible way." To help writers achieve this aim, she addresses common failings such as poor grammar, the use of jargon, awkward sentences, excess verbiage, pretentious writing, and poor punctuation, clearly presenting each problem and offering possible solutions. Other topics covered include writing a good business proposal, communicating via the Internet, and creating good marketing techniques through well-written sales brochures and letters. Inexpensive, informative, well executed, and enlivened by cartoons, this brief book is a good choice not only for public and academic libraries but for corporate and law libraries as well. Steven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Taking an error-avoidance approach, Agress (a writing workshop facilitator) provides a guide to the basics of writing in everyday business activities. She discusses common mistakes involving awkward sentences, jargon, grammar, punctuation and transit ions, active versus passive verbs, and structure and organization. She also offers advice on writing specifically related to marketing or technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738205625
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Agress, Ph.D is the founder of Business Writing at Its Best, Inc., a traveling writing workshop for various businesses in the United States. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, UNISYS, Chase Manhattan, Sallie Mae, and Price Waterhouse. She lives in Maryland.

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