Free Legal English Exercises, Plain English re-writes

Redrafting texts into plain English

Hello Everyone,
In this week’s exercise, I’d like you to redraft two short texts into plain English.
To find out more, please see the video below 🙂

Here are the texts I’d like you to ‘translate’ into plain English:

Text 1:

This program promotes efficient water use in homes and businesses throughout the country by offering a simple way to make purchasing decisions that conserve water without sacrificing quality or product performance.

Text 2:

Once the candidate’s goals are established, one or more potential employers are identified. A preliminary proposal for presentation to the employer is developed. The proposal is presented to an employer who agrees to negotiate an individualized job that meets the employment needs of the applicant and real business needs of the employer.

These texts come from the excellent website:

To have a look at my explainer videos (the videos from the first course I ran), you can see them here:


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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