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A Plain Language Handbook


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When you change a noun to a verb, rewrite the sentence. The sentence changes from a passive to an active style. The sentence is also shorter.

Change Nouns to Verbs and Rewrite

Change this: To this:

acceptance
accept

application
apply

approval
approve


assumption
assume

calculation
calculate

certification
certify

complaint
complain

conservation
conserve

consideration
consider

contribution
contribute

decision
decide

deduction
deduct

delivery
deliver

designation
designate, name

deterioration
deteriorate


determination
determine

disclosure
disclose


discovery
discover

disposal, disposition
dispose, sell, give away


   
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