Welcome to Chapter 5.
In Chapters 1-2, you studied the first two stages of the
Writing Process: Plan and Organise.
Then, in Chapters 3-4, you looked at the next two stages:
Draft and Revise. In drafting, you learned how to produce the first draft by
only writing and not editing. Then, you began revising and practised making your
document complete and your paragraphs cohesive.
However, you have not yet finished revising. You need to
check the sentences you wrote.
In this chapter, you'll learn how to make your sentences
clear and concise.
By the end of this chapter, you'll be able
and concise sentences
sentences to make them clear and concise.
Once again, you'll work on revising the letters you read
and wrote in Chapters 2-4.
Revising: A Quick Review
In Chapters 2-4, you read a letter written by
That letter has already been revised twice.
In Chapter 3, the letter was revised to make it more
In Chapter 4, it was revised again to make the paragraphs
Look at the revised letter below. It still seems
difficult to understand. Why?
22 April 200X
Ms Fiona Green
100 Clearwater Bay
Sai Kung NT
Dear Ms Green
I refer to your recent
For your information please be advised that the PPS
details and application form were sent to you at an earlier
If you complete and return the form to us, we can
process your application immediately.
Thank you for your kind
Read the letter again. Then try to answer the questions:
1) Which communication is the writer referring
2) What did the writer send?
3) When did the writer send the
The questions are difficult to answer, aren't
You can understand the words that the writer used. After
all, they are common words - words which we often use.
However, the sentences are not very clear. Why?
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