Modifiers hold a lot of power—they can change, clarify, or limit a particular word in a sentence. You can use them to add explanation or emphasis. They provide the extra details that make a subject interesting. They are often descriptive words—adjectives and adverbs. And when used correctly, they transform...
Business writing is inundated with buzzwords and buzz phrases—just try to find a slogan that doesn’t contain “cutting edge technology” or “think outside of the box.” They are hugely popular and accepted by most readers as everyday speech. But, does popularity and general acceptance indicate that buzzwords should be...
People love to tell others what to do with their voice: “Lower your voice,” or “Save your voice.” And one suggestion that causes a lot of confusion is: “Use your active voice when writing, not passive.” My active voice? Not my passive voice? I thought I only had one voice… In...
The business world is inundated with jargon—and its effects can range from merely annoying to completely obscuring the meaning of something. Some people rely too heavily on jargon in their writing. And because it’s easy to use—trendy catchphrases you’ve picked up from others—you may find yourself inserting it in...
You’ve perfected your resume and are ready to start sending it out. However, writing the cover letter is proving to be a bit challenging. You want to attract the attention of a potential employer immediately. And the cover letter is how you can make that happen… or fall flat....
Understanding why correct syntax matters will help you develop your editing skills when you're proofreading someone else's work. In business writing, “syntax” is a set of rules that explain how you should put words together to make a sentence. YourDictionary.com explains that syntax includes “word choice, matching number and tense, and placing...
A project statement can be for multiple purposes, but it’s a central element in grant applications, proposals, and scopes of work in project management. In a detailed and well-structured write-up, project managers or applicants address their clients, stakeholders, or peer reviewers with an individualized, unique project statement. Everything that fits...
When you're writing a business letter, especially to colleagues or other people in your field, you may tend to write in a very dry, jargon-filled manner. Though you may not be able to avoid the jargon trap in this case, there is another trap that you can jump over...
When writing for business, you need to be clear and concise, delivering your message without confusion. Like any other style of writing, the quality of the document can make or break its success. An ineffective piece can mean a contract falls through, your boss will ignore your business solution, or a...
An employment agreement is a detailed document drafted by an organization that clearly states the responsibilities, roles, and terms and conditions for both parties. This document is not binding until signed by both parties (employer and employee), meaning that a breach in the contract can result in a legal war....