Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer

Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer

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ISBN-13: 9780735576698
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(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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