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Business writing made simple

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Strengthen your sentences by us­­ing fewer words and getting rid of awk­ward or passive construction. Prac­­tice by rewriting these wordy sam­­­­ple sentences, in­­spired by the Pur­­due Online Writing Lab (OWL):

  1. It is expected that the new schedule will be announced by the maintenance company within the next few days.
  2. In the not too distant future, employees should be aware of the fact that they will need to be trained on the new software programs.
  3. My boss leans toward utilizing a paper calendar instead of the one offered on his online software.

A better way to say it:

  1. The maintenance company will probably announce its schedule during the next few days.
  2. Trainers will soon coach em­­ployees on using the new software.
  3. My boss prefers a paper calendar rather than an electronic one.

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