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Clear Writing Techniques

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    6. Using Grammar for Clear Writing
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    Grammar provides the tools to write clear, effective sentences. In this lesson perfect for any writer, learn some grammar to write efficient, stylish sentences.

    Grammar provides the tools to write clear, effective sentences. In this lesson perfect for any writer, learn some grammar to write efficient, stylish sentences.

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    7. Intro to Tone for Clear Writing
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    So what is tone? How does it relate to brevity, style, and grammar? Answer these questions, and learn what matters when choosing tone in this writing lesson!

    So what is tone? How does it relate to brevity, style, and grammar? Answer these questions, and learn what matters when choosing tone in this writing lesson!

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    8. How to Write with Specific Tone
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    In this writing lesson, learn how to create three specific tones. You'll also learn specific, impactful language that you can apply as a writer!

    In this writing lesson, learn how to create three specific tones. You'll also learn specific, impactful language that you can apply as a writer!

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    9. How to Write with Compelling Style
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    In this lesson perfect for those working to improve writing skills, learn how to eliminate the boring stuff (such as jargon and cliches) and be more compelling!

    In this lesson perfect for those working to improve writing skills, learn how to eliminate the boring stuff (such as jargon and cliches) and be more compelling!

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    10. Tips for When Writing Rules Conflict
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    Clarity is king! In this lesson, learn to choose clarity when brevity, style, grammar, and tone rules conflict. Learn how to make the best choice when writing.

    Clarity is king! In this lesson, learn to choose clarity when brevity, style, grammar, and tone rules conflict. Learn how to make the best choice when writing.

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Brian D
4:16 PM 28 January 2018
Hi, as a rule I always put “please” and “thank you “ in every email (when applicable) regardless of power distance,simply because it’s good manners. Now I’m worried that I may be striking too much of a submissive tone if I am communicating this way with peers or when I’m the authority. Your thoughts? Obviously I don’t want to undermine myself in the workplace. Thank you!
Stuart Mill English
9:50 PM 03 February 2018
Hey Brian, I think you can be polite and maintain your authority at the same time. Obviously, it's a bit tough to say without seeing the specific situations, but something like "Please call the supplier" is polite and maintains the authority. Something like "Would you mind calling the supplier" is polite but less authoritative. Does that help?
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