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Introduction to Plain Language

Step 1: Know Your Readers and the Purpose of Your Document

Step 2: Make an Outline

Step 3: Write or Edit the Text

Step 4: Design Your Document

Step 5: Test and Revise Your Document

Alternate Words and Phrases
A list of simple, short, clear words and phrases to replace complex, long, abstract words and phrases.

Nouns to Verbs Word List
A list of nouns that can be changed to verbs. When you change a noun to a verb, rewrite the sentence. This technique often makes the sentence shorter and changes it from a passive to an active style.

Writing Samples
  • Seven writing samples from existing documents. For each sample there is the original version and a plain language version.
  • Summary checklist of Plain Language Guidelines.
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