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Chapter 13. Striving for Simplicity > Editing to be Concise

Editing to be Concise

The following long, wordy, heavily punctuated sentence challenges the recipient’s ability to read and understand what the writer is saying. Could you blame the reader for deleting this message from the screen?

I am writing this e-mail memo to confirm that the highway department will begin work on the repaving of Main Street the week of May 1, and we hope to complete the job within 30 days, but you need to be aware of the fact that weather conditions will impact our ability to start and finish on time, so if we experience a particularly rainy or cold spring, we may not be able to meet the June 1 deadline set forth by city council.


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