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Thank you for purchasing Learn to Edit in Style! You’ll not regret it, I assure you.
The book market is replete with publications from publishing houses on almost all topics or themes, geared to helping you achieve your communicating goals. But there are almost no books specifically devoted to ‘editing’.
This Book is in three Parts:1. The Process of Editing 2. Practising Editing 3. Paragraph Building.
Part 1 emphasizes the need to communicate and develop writing skills. It highlights the absence of and the need for revision as part of the process of writing—whether it’s an essay, assignment or email or a letter, memo or report. It then provides tips you can gainfully put to use while writing, and then goes on to help you acquire editing skills.
When we write, we do err in the choice of words and sentence constructions. Part 2 provides faulty sentences, paragraphs and longer pieces of writing with improved versions. As you look at the examples, as you move from defective expressions to improved ones, as you grasp and grip the process of editing and the reasons for editing, you’ll realize that editing does not after all require superhuman effort and that it requires only willingness and effort on your part. Initially, editing is a conscious effort but as you keep editing your writing, it becomes so reflexive that you’ll not even be aware you’re editing.
Most of us, for lack of practice in writing, may not be presenting our thoughts in well- developed paragraphs. Part 3 lends you support and strength. It presents, analyses and discusses the development of a paragraph with a topic sentence and other sentences shaping major and minor details.
You’ll need a dictionary on your writing table—Oxford’s Advanced Learner’s dictionary or Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary. And, of course, my ‘Learn to Edit in Style’!
Wish you a fruitful journey in the path of editing!
K R Lakshminarayanan
1. The Process of Editing
2. Practising Editing
3. Paragraph Building
1 The Process of Editing
.1 Communicating in English
.2 Developing Writing Skills in English
.4 Levels of Errors
.5 Reasons for Error Occurrence
.6 Lack of Revision
.7 Successful Editing
.8 Tips for Error-free Writing
.9 Editing Process
.10 Standard for Editing
2 Practising Editing
.1 Improved Versions
.4 Long Pieces of Writing
3. Language Base
1 Essentials of English
.16 Comparison structures
.17 If clauses
.18 Purpose expressions
.19 Cause and effect
.20 Sentence building
.21 Paragraph building
.22 Reporting verbs
Editing is like breathing. It gives life and health to our writing. When we edit, we take care of simple mistakes in grammar, spelling and punctuation. When we edit, we remove or add ideas or sentences, we rearrange them for better presentation.
When we edit, we are improving our thought process and its expression through a medium, which in this case is English. Doing something well is in itself its reward.
I neednt have woried; today is holiday.
1. ‘the options under consideration include’ needs to be restructured because it is not
clear whether these options are Mr. Singh’s or the Government’s.
2. ‘the options’ are in the form of a list. The first one is a noun phrase, the second and
the third are ‘-ing’ phrases (seeking, moving). A common structure should be used to
express the three options. The options are expressed with ‘infinitive’ verbs.
3. ‘an early date’ should be in the comparative degree of comparison because the date
was already fixed.
4. ‘the’ should precede the adjective ‘final’ as the noun ‘hearing’ refers to a specific one.
5. ‘is’ in ‘there is clarity’ cannot be used for a future status. ‘can be’ is a better choice
than ‘will be’ because ‘clarity’ cannot be guaranteed and can only be a possibility.
6. ‘or’ expresses choice.
7. ‘hearing’ is a count noun and so the indefinite article should be used before it.
8. ‘Supreme Court’ should be removed because the petition is being heard by it, and
obviously all the three options are linked to it, not just one option.
¬ spelling, punctuation,
Whoever prepared the content for the ‘ad’ wanted it to be very different from a routine one. This is obvious from the first sentence and ‘for the future of Ergonomics’.
However, several errors have occurred in the process:
1. absence of apostrophe indicating missing letters: you’re, it’s
2. spelling errors: feild, oportunity
3. ‘you’re young and energetic with a two-wheeler’ would mean that ‘your youth and
energy are in relation to a two-wheeler’ but that is not the message to be conveyed.
4. There should be a hyphen between ‘two’ and ‘wheeler’.
5. ‘it’s time you contact us’ should have been ‘it’s time you contacted us’. The verb in a
clause following ‘it’s time’ should be in the past tense because the action was
supposed to have been over in the past. But the message is clear with a direct request:
‘contact us immediately’.
6. The ‘n’ in ‘Now’ should be in the lower case because it doesn’t begin the sentence.