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Grammar and Proofreading Course by Pam Helling

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2A Concise Style

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Identify the specific steps in the professional writing process.

• Define concise writing.

• State some advantages of writing concise business messages.

• Begin to cut excess words and phrases from your writing.

CONCISE: WHY LESS IS MORE

Wordy writing is common. Many people add extra information, details, and repetition in an attempt to make their point clearer or to make their message sound important. In business writing situations, this is totally unacceptable and produces the opposite effect: People lose interest and can be irritated by lengthy messages. ...

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