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Chapter 11 Proofreading for CareersProofread and correct this article which has errors related to thischapter as well as others Words That Respect Your Readers Consider the reading ability and background of your audience beforeyou write If you are writing for a class taught by a college professoryou can write at a higher level than if your message was to be read byadults for whom English is a second language It is equally important toavoid talking over the heads of your readers or talking down to themReaders can tell when youre trying too hard to impress or when you arelecturing to them Avoid jargon words that are specific to a particularactivity or line of work unless you are certain your readers will know whatyou are talking about At a minimum always define your terms Use three and four syllable words sparingly when you write Why sayutilize or incorporate when use will do Long and unfamiliar words arehurdles that your readers must leap over to get to your meaning Rememberwhat propose you want to serve and keep it simple Certain words and phrases can convey a smug attitude obviously aseveryone can see In my estimation are examples of words that will turn offyour readers especially if your point is not as clear as you believe it tobe College instructors will quickly detect a superior attitude if itappears in your writing After all your instructors are looking to see ifyou can provide a straight-forward intelligent discussion of ideas in yourwriting assignments not a show of your mental-superiority
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