Free Legal English Exercises, Plain English re-writes

Redrafting unclear antecedents

Hello Everyone!

This week, we’re going to look at a mistake that a lot of native speakers make – that of unclear antecedents.

Have a look at the sentences below and see if you can identify the problem. Once identified, redraft the sentence to remove the problem.

  • It is evident that criminals exploit the online system to make fraudulent applications for universal credit and claim advance loans. It is difficult for the police to identify.
  • The fraudsters remain inventive in their acts and the police seem to be playing catch-up and slowly are becoming more effective. What they will do next remains open to question.

If you want to find out what unclear antecedents are, check out:

Here’s a video of me going through today’s task:

End of week review / my comments:

It’s the end of the week, so to find out my comments on the sentences for this week, please watch the video below.

The aim of this exercise is to make you think about how you can redraft language, yours or others, in a ‘plain English’ way.

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