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Chapter 6: Newswriting: Getting the Words in Order
Newswriting: Getting the Words in Order
We have an obligation to put ourselves in the reader's place. It is his comfort, his convenience we have to consult … The more difficulties we obtrude on him by obscure or careless writing, the more we blunt the edge of his attention … You see, then, what an obligation we owe to him of order and arrangement.
Related Words Should be Close Together
It is not just the choice and number of words that matter. As Q points out above, how they are arranged matters, too. Sentences, long or short, need to say what they mean. Here is one that might not be elegant but said what ...