Practical English Usage
English grammar and vocabulary exercises
English writing tips: How to write well?
Dictionaries may be bloated with over 500,000 words, but to write correct English you only need around 2000 different words as part of your vocabulary. Knowing where to place these words and how to use them correctly make us good writers.
Use familiar words
The rules of good English are simple. Use smaller and familiar words instead of big and unfamiliar words. Note that great writers and thinkers always use simple words. By using simple words in your writing, you make it easier for the reader to understand what you are trying to express. So don't be overwhelmed by all those unknown words in the dictionary. Learn only a small fraction of them number and you will still be able to write well.
Good writing makes you sound intelligent and look professional. As you probably know these two benefits will significantly improve your personal and professional life.
Learn grammar and spelling
Follow the rules of grammar and spelling. To be a good writer you should have a decent command over grammar and spelling rules. Spelling and grammatical mistakes will make you look unprofessional. So brush up on basic English Grammar before you start writing.
Write short sentences
Write short sentences. Avoid writing long, winding sentences. Short sentences are easy to construct and they are less likely to contain grammatical mistakes.
Get your facts right.
If you misinform readers about facts they will consider your writing unprofessional.So get your facts right.
Write, write, write
Keep writing. Cultivate the habit of writing and before you know it you will have developed good writing skills.
Sections in this articleHow to vary and improve your sentences - part I
How to vary and improve your sentences - part II
Cardinal and ordinal numbers
Fractions and decimals
Numbers: differences between American and British usage
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