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Plain Language Commission style guide

In many areas of written English there are definite rights and wrongs. For example, incorrect grammar and punctuation can change your message or make it ambiguous. These failings may also give a poor impression of your organization.

But in other areas there isn’t one correct way of writing, so you must choose. Style guides give you guidelines on your options. All publishers and newspapers, and many organizations, have their own style guides, to ensure a consistent house style in their publications.

When we edit your documents for accreditation with the Clear English Standard, we follow some overall style guidelines (see our accreditation criteria) because they’ll make your writing clearer. Our style guide aims to:

  • explain our style choices
  • help you decide your own style choices 
  • make documents you send us for editing and Clear English Standard accreditation clearer and more consistent – meaning we can turn these round more quickly and save you money
  • be a useful resource for visitors to our website.

Written by Sarah Carr, this valuable 8,000-word guide is on free download.

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