Write with TASTE Blog
28 July 2011
We frequently use Latin abbreviations like ie and eg. Many now encourage writers not to use them, but rather to replace them with their full meanings, as follows:
ie = that is OR that is to say
eg = for example
et al = and others
etc = and so on
re = in the matter of OR regarding
vs/v = versus OR against
Using the full form would help you avoid common mistakes with these abbreviations and also make it easier for your readers.
21 July 2011
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In the last post we talked about a method to summarize documents.
Today I’d like to talk about a way to do that in reverse – that is, how to take a summary and the accompanying plan and write a well-organised longer document from it.
This is really just another way to think about the ARRANGE stage of the TASTE process – just before you begin to draft a full document.
14 July 2011
Have you ever had to summarize a huge amount of information? Did you find it frustrating to get a high-level overview because of getting lost in all the details?
If you’re summarizing documents that you’ve written (assuming your documents are well organised, clear and concise), your job should be quite easy.
But if you have to summarize what others have written, you might not be so lucky. …
7 July 2011
Many confuse these three verbs: proceed, process & precede. How can you be sure you’re using them correctly?
Let’s look first at their definitions.
Proceed means to start or continue after a pause or delay. It also means to move forward or travel in a particular direction. It is most commonly followed by with or from.
Let’s proceed with the meeting.