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Part I: Use Shirtsleeve English > Keep Terms Consistent

Chapter 10. Keep Terms Consistent

To avoid confusing readers, use the same terms throughout the document. The following passage is a real-life example of total confusion.

To the Stockholders of XYZ, Inc.:

Enclosed you will find stock certificates representing the additional shares of Common Stock of XYZ, Inc. to which you are entitled pursuant to the twenty-five (25%) percent stock dividend which was declared to holders of record of XYZ’s Common Stock at the close of business on November 27, 1991. The number of shares reflected on the new dividend certificates has been determined by multiplying the number of shares which you held as of the record date by one-fourth. Your previous stock dividend certificates will continue to represent the same number of shares of Common Stock as heretofore. There is no need for you to exchange them for new record certificates. If you had been a holder of Preferred Stock, you would have been entitled to a dividend check.



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