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Grammar Bite #14 – Latin Abbreviations

28 July 2011


We frequently use Latin abbreviations like ie and eg. Many now encourage writers not to use them, but rather to replace them with their full meanings, as follows:

ie = that is OR that is to say

eg = for example

et al = and others

etc = and so on

re = in the matter of OR regarding

vs/v = versus OR against


Using the full form would help you avoid common mistakes with these abbreviations and also make it easier for your readers.

How to Build a ‘Forest’ from the ‘Trees’

21 July 2011

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In the last post we talked about a method to summarize documents.


Today I’d like to talk about a way to do that in reverse – that is, how to take a summary and the accompanying plan and write a well-organised longer document from it.


This is really just another way to think about the ARRANGE stage of the TASTE process – just before you begin to draft a full document.

How to Summarize a ‘Forest’ of Information

14 July 2011


Have you ever had to summarize a huge amount of information? Did you find it frustrating to get a high-level overview because of getting lost in all the details?


If you’re summarizing documents that you’ve written (assuming your documents are well organised, clear and concise), your job should be quite easy.


But if you have to summarize what others have written, you might not be so lucky. …

Grammar Bite #13: Use of ‘proceed’, ‘process’ & ‘precede’

7 July 2011


Many confuse these three verbs: proceed, process & precede. How can you be sure you’re using them correctly?


Let’s look first at their definitions.


Proceed means to start or continue after a pause or delay. It also means to move forward or travel in a particular direction. It is most commonly followed by with or from.

Let’s proceed with the meeting.

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