Write For Your Reader The Northwest Territories Literacy Council
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A Plain Language Handbook

Alternate Words
and Phrases
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Alternate Words and Phrases

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above-mentioned this

accompany go with

accomplish do

accordingly so

acknowledge receipt of have received, got

ad infinitum endlessly, forever

additional extra, more

adequate number enough

adversely affect hurt

advise tell, write

affirmative yes

affix your signature to sign

afford an opportunity to let

aforementioned those, these

annum year

anticipate expect

apparent clear, plain

appear seem

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