Learnership Management System

Writing Style: Plain English

Most good writers in business today strive for plain English in their writing. They know that plain English is easy and clear to read and difficult to misinterpret. Their goal in their writing is to inform, not to impress. You probably use it when you talk to friends or send them memos or emails.

Plain English uses:

    *short, everyday words
    *concise language, with unnecessary or redundant words removed
    *short sentences in normal subject-verb-object sentence order
    *pronouns such as “you” or “we”
    *contractions such as “can’t” or “you’ll”
    *active, strong verbs
    *no clichés

This doesn’t mean that when you’re writing in plain English, you’ll always follow all of these rules. These are guidelines only—your writing will vary depending on the subject matter and the tone of the manual. Sometimes a long sentence will be appropriate, or you’ll choose to write passively. Plain English is simply writing that prefers these guidelines.