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Use Base Verbs Not Nominalizations
Arrange Your Words with Care
Choose Your Words with Care
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abstraction action active voice adjectives agreement ambiguity Answers attorney fees attorney-client privilege avoid base verb cause Charrow claim collateral estoppel colon contract corporation counsel David Mellinkoff defendant Defendant's Dictionary Drafting Manual Elegant variation Ernest Gowers evidence law example Exercise express fact filed following passage Garner glue words hearsay hyphen independent clauses injunction instances intentional issue join two independent Jose Cruz Joseph Kimble jurors jury instructions kicked by John kicked the ball language quirk lawyer lawyer's coupled synonym legal writing litigation meaning ment modifiers motion noun chains object omitting surplus words ordinary English parentheses party passive voice person phrase Plain English plaintiff pronoun punctuation question quotation reader reason revised Rewrite these sentences Rudolf Flesch semicolon Sidney Greenbaum six weeks old statute strong nouns supra note Supreme Court tabulation tence term testimony tion trial judge unless useless compound construction verbose witness writing style