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English, for an aspiring attorney

 
 
Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 10:37 am
Hello,

Let's face it. No one is perfect. However, I want to be the best that I can possible be. I am merely a High School student following my passion...law.

What should i do to improve my writing, english and grammer?
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Magus
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 10:52 am
Read the classics.
Pay attention to details such as capitalization and spelling.
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Kyle esq
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 11:01 am
Thanks,

And what should I do if I do not understand the meaning of a certain passage, or phrase? Or the context of a certain word? (There are many words in the English language...which can be used differently...depending on circumstances)
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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 01:02 pm
Get a dictionary and thesaurus.
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Kyle esq
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 01:12 pm
Thank you.
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Kyle esq
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 01:14 pm
Thank you.
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PM me if anyone comes up with more ideas. I will greatly apprechiate it.

Lash - Thanks for making time to help me with my problems. Smile I will not forget it.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 01:36 pm
Re: English, for an aspiring attorney
Kyle.esq wrote:

What should i do to improve my writing, english and grammer?


My contributions.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 02:49 pm
read a few books like Eats Shoots and Leaves

read good literature as well as the classics

ask tutors/A2K anything you can't look up for yourself that you you don't understand - but first try to work it out yourself, research is an important skill
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 03:35 pm
What Craven said. Watch your spelling in particular, as well as your grammar. Your grammatical constructions seem to be fine, but don't be slap-dash about it; take the time to proof-read what you've written and, if you're not sure, look it up.
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Kyle esq
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 04:55 pm
How do I improve my grammar?
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Vivien
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 05:01 pm
grammar - craven told you earlier!

read books like Eats Shoots and Leaves - which explain it in fun but seriously good way.
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Wy
 
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Reply Sun 26 Dec, 2004 10:00 pm
A good style manual (I like Chicago Manual of Style but others are good as well) will take you far. You can look up all kinds of things you have questions about, including word usage (effect/affect for example), punctuation (when a comma? when a semicolon?) and proper use of the different parts of speech. It will also give you details about form (how do you address a letter to your Congressman? the Pope?).

Above all, have questions. Look things up if you're the least bit confused. And proofread, proofread, proofread. Take care with the language in your most casual communications. The habit will serve you well when you write in more formal venues.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 27 Dec, 2004 11:21 am
Read and write. A lot.

I know that sounds very obvious and silly, but this is a skill, just like any other, and it requires practice.

When you read, read higher level books and publications, e. g. the New York Times rather than the National Enquirer. When you write, pay attention to what you say, how to say it succinctly, and also to making it interesting.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Mon 27 Dec, 2004 12:32 pm
The one thing that, I think, really improved my grammatical skills was taking foreign language classes. I never had any English classes where the teachers got into the "nuts and bolts" of grammar, but that sort of instruction was fundamental in my German and French classes. Taking a foreign language makes you conscious of the structure of your own language, which is what grammar is all about. Plus you get the added benefit of learning a new language. It's win-win.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 27 Dec, 2004 02:35 pm
If your school offers a course in Business English (secretarial course), take it.

As mentioned, get a good dictionary, and use it often. You will be amazed at how many words we use without knowing the actual meaning.
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Kyle esq
 
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Reply Fri 31 Dec, 2004 06:38 pm
Thank you (to all who contributed)

I really appreciate your time and effort. You helped and inspired me!!!

Happy New Years to you all! Smile
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 1 Jan, 2005 03:31 am
Wy is right (as usual) about the Chicago Manual of Style. It's an excellent reference. I have found another reference that is far more accessible in its explanations and clearer in its examples: The Gregg Reference Manual, tenth edition, by William A. Sabin.

I agree with Joe. I learned more about grammar and usage in my foreign language classes than I ever did in English class.

BTW, look up the spelling of "apprechiate." This is wrong.
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