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Be Correct—All of the Time Career counselor John Jarvis explains what one employer was looking for in the position of administrative assistant. “He emphasized communication skills,” Jarvis said. “He didn’t want to waste time proofing the administrative assistant’s work. He wanted to dictate the letter, and expected his assis- 38 Communication Skills ✍ EXERCISE Rewrite the following sentences to make them clearer and simpler. • Greenway Tree Farms, because of the strong price for Christmas trees, a larger demand for trees expected during the holiday season, and the improving economy in the eastern and southern regions of the country, will probably experience continued growth in the fourth quarter.

Jackie Sloane, president of Sloane Communications, offered the following advice in the Chicago Tribune: “If you’re having a challenging encounter with the boss, ask yourself, ‘What does my boss want? ’ ” 40 Communication Skills Sound-Alike and Look-Alike Words Accept receive Except Affect influence (verb) Effect Complement something that completes exclude result (noun), bring about Compliment praise Desert dry landscape Dessert last course of a meal Eminent famous about to happen Foreword introduction to Forward a book ahead; toward the front Allusion an implied reference a false impression Imminent Illusion Precede to come before Proceed to come from a source or to move on from something Principal person who runs a school Principle a truth or value Stationary in a fixed position Stationery writing paper Tacked to add on or attach Tact sensitivity to another’s feelings Tic an involuntary Tick spasm; twitching the sound of a clock; a tiny insect Toe appendages of the foot the act of pulling Tow Trade-in (noun) an exchange Trade in (verb) to buy or sell goods Undo excessive to reverse Undue Writing with a Purpose 41 to say.

But Cheryl separates her subjects and verbs by long clauses. ” This makes her writing hard to follow. Cheryl also uses more words than she needs to communicate her ideas. The sentence might be rewritten this way: The training program featured interesting classes, excellent instruction, and extensive hands-on experience. It taught me about many types of jobs. I also had a chance to meet some of the people who will be working with me. In business writing, a good rule of thumb is to keep the sentences as easy to understand as possible.

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