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    Writing for policy makers? Why not use the 7 rules of plain English

    The 7 rules of plain English

    How do you begin to present your research findings outside of the academic community? This presentation is for researchers who are faced with a blank sheet of paper whenever they try to write about their findings to anyone outside of their academic community.

    The 7 rules for writing in plain English are:

    1. Keep your sentences short
    2. Prefer active verbs
    3. Use ‘you’ and ‘we’
    4. Avoid jargon: use words that are appropriate for the reader
    5. Don’t be afraid to give instructions
    6. Avoid nominalisations
    7. Use lists where appropriate