In today’s exercise, I’d like you to start practicing your language building skills i.e. being able to redraft a sentence in a number of different ways.
This is an important skill for a number of reasons, primarily:
- it gives you a chance to develop your language skills, and
- it allows you to begin to understand how your choice of sentence structure affects the reader.
For more details, please check out the video below.
Exercises to practice your plain English redrafting skills:
Please redraft the following texts, and then watch the video to compare your answers to mine!
Q1) Rewrite the following sentence using the verb: DETER
Our deterrence worked and fewer products are being stolen from our shops.
Q2) Rewrite the following sentence using the verb: EMPLOY
The lawyer managed to find employment in the law firm Simon & Simon.
Q3) Rewrite the following sentence using the verb: IMPLY
The implication of that model is that democracy is a hindrance for economic growth.
Q4) Rewrite the following sentence using the verb: RULE
The judgment was made in error.
Q5) Rewrite the following sentence using the verb: POSTPONE
The postponement of the meeting will not be seen very well by the other party.
End of week review / my comments:
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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