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Chapter 4. Words, Words, Words > Words to Live By - Pg. 36

Words, Words, Words 36 Words to Live By Chefs use the freshest fruits, vegetables, and meats to make the best dishes. Artists use the finest colors and brushes to make beautiful pictures. What do writers use to communicate their ideas? Words! You've just learned how many words we have in English and how strongly people feel about words. So which words should you use? Your diction depends on these three considerations: 1. 2. 3. Purpose Audience Style Precise words say what you mean. Appropriate words convey your tone and fit with the other words in the document. Familiar words are easy to read and understand. Using this type of words helps you communi- cate your message. In general, always use words that are precise, appropriate, and familiar. Here's why: Word Watch