Check for Understanding: Knowing the Subject - Exercise

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Check for Understanding: Knowing the Subject - Exercise

Check for Understanding: Knowing the Subject

Duration: 5 to 10 minutes.

In this exercise, you will respond to the following questions:

  1. What do clarity and conciseness have to do with knowing the subject?
  2. Review the following sentences and find the phrases that have become boring through overuse or are excessively wordy. Replace them with clear, concise wording that conveys the meaning just as well, or even better.
    1. At the end of the day, the sales projections must exceed the goals or, with all due respect, we will cancel the picnic.
    2. You certainly were behind the eight-ball on that project!
    3. I just can't wrap my arms around this proposal about increasing the budget for the communications department.
    4. That idea was not even on my radar screen.
    5. As a result of decreased sales and increased costs, we will no longer be offering the number six widget due to its unpopularity.
    6. Remuneration for the pre-ordered office supplies is due forthwith.
    7. My harrowing experience at the overcrowded, noisy airport caused me to be unduly late for the flight, which resulted in delaying my much anticipated vacation by yet another four hours.
    8. Your order for the lawn mower parts has been received. You will need the lawn mower parts in order to fix the lawn mower. Lawn mower parts are in great demand this time of the year.

Solution:

  1. Demonstrating accuracy and completeness of the information through clear and concise writing will show the reader that the writer is knowledgeable about the subject.
  2. Each of these sentences can be re-written much more concisely and accurately using simple language, phrases, and sentence structures. The following presentation provides better ways to write each of them. As you listen, see how they compare to your re-written sentences.
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