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day of week, month and date
omit "on"
meetings/conferences/parties/conventions
avoid "holding"
Inanimate objects
avoid talking inanimate objects
attribution
name before the verb
according to
be cautious--most avoid using it, consider said to be shorter and more straightforward.
feel, think, and believe
don't interchange them
read minds, make predictions
DON'T DO IT!
give orders to readers, listeners
DON'T DO IT!
long titles
put after the name (see them on street, would you use it? yes, first; no, after)
quotations
make them count (no frivilous ones, or ones you could easily paraphrase with no loss of interest)
identification of person being quoted
do it quickly, preferably after first sentence
Doctor
a title, not a profession. If you use it, mention profession after
background
don't assume readers know it
Coordinating conjunction
(and, but, for, or, nor, yet, so) don't use to within first paragraph
major words
don't repeat in same sentence or headline
relative pronoun
(who, which, that, etc)Place immediately after its antecedent (McDonald County library, which...)
Which and that
don't interchange them!
which=for nonessential dependent clause
that=for essential dependent clause
opinions, accusations
don't report them as fact
ending words with ize
Think before you do it!
using nouns as verbs
resist!
gobbledygook, words that aren't self-explanatory
avoid! like the plague!
Parallel construction
Maintain it(playing, jumping and running!)
Splitting infinitives
THINK before doing it
wordiness
watch out for never. and don't use two words to describe something when you can use one
second person
change to third