In a typical financial white paper, you must organize evidence to support your argument. John R. Trimble’s Writing with Style suggests how you can do that. Step 1. List the evidence In Trimble’s example, a writer starts by listing all of the evidence. Next, the writer weighs the arguments. This is important because “the shotgun […]
Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. Spellchecking wouldn’t catch this error. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.
Which is correct—“I feel bad” or “I feel badly”—when asked “how do you feel?” I know “bad” is an adjective and “badly” is an adverb. However, I wasn’t sure which was correct in this case. So, I was interested in the entry for “Bad, badly” in Theodore Bernstein’s The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to […]
Is there an ideal ratio of long to short sentences? A tip in John R. Trimble’s Writing with Style made me ponder this question. Trimble says: As a rule of thumb, whenever you’ve written three longish sentences in a row, make your fourth a short one. And don’t fear the super-short sentence. It’s arresting. Sometimes […]