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Learn plain Legal English on YouTube – Section 2: the contested

Plain English in Law: The Contested

This the second part of a look at the old (but still useful) content that I pasted. If you haven’t seen the videos for Section 1: the basics, please click here.

Section 2: the contested

In my old course, I divided up my content into three sections. I called the second section ‘contested’ because it refers to topics that are contested in the legal world re: writing. In other words, these videos look at topics that people who prefer plain English agree with, and those who are old-school disagree with; hence, the title ‘contested’.

All of the topics below are common topics if you are familiar with the world of writing in plain English. To improve your writing, it is natural that there has to be a change in approach. These videos identify the most crucial changes and the reasons for these changes.

In my current course, I am a bit bolder. Rather than saying these are merely contested, I tell you that these issues are writing errors (not just in legal writing, but all kinds of English writing) and go into detail to explain and show you why. To support this, I use plenty of examples from well-known authorities in the plain English speaking world.

Lesson 7: Legalese

Lesson 8: Passives

Lesson 9: Shall

Lesson 10: Negatives

Lesson 11: Provided that

Lesson 12: And/or

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