Plain English and correct grammar are essential to professional image, success, and reputation. Writing effectively gives the writer a great deal of satisfaction -and effective writing means the reader gets the intended message. And on a subliminal level, a professionally written document will form the right impression and increase your credibility.
Grammar for Business is a refresher course for anyone who wants to overcome usage and punctuation challenges or just want to get up to date with modern business writing styles.
If you write to customers and are involved with the development of company publications, prepare reports etc. this is the right course for you.
- Learn to communicate concisely and with grammatical correctness in business writing
- The do’s and don’ts of effective business writing
Identifying the Components of Speech
- The role of each component in a sentence
- The five different types of nouns
- The most useful parts of speech for business writing
- Pitfalls to avoid
Effective Sentence Construction
- The three basic sentence types
- Using punctuation correctly in a sentence
- Writing bullet-pointed lists
- The best sentences to use for business writing
Agreement in a Sentence - Matching Subjects and Verbs
- Subject-verb agreement
- Noun-pronoun agreement
- Voice agreement
- Tense agreement
Common Grammatical Errors and Problems
- Choosing the correct word e.g. affect or effect
- Avoiding ambiguity
- Identifying misplaced and dangling modifiers
- Maintaining consistency
Margaret Austin has a wide experience of life and of writing. Although born in New Zealand, she lived for many years in Europe, where she developed her two-sided career as a writer and a dancer. She has authored a book (her autobiography) and written many articles for European magazines and newspapers.
On her return to New Zealand, she trained as a presenter and worked as an entertainment and motivational speaker.
She is an accomplished linguist, and has worked as a plain English specialist and presentations trainer at Write for eight years.
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