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1. Use no more words than are necessary to express your meaning, for if you use more you are likely to obscure it and tire your reader。 In particular do not use superfluous adjectives and adverbs, and do not use roundabout phrases where single words would serve。
2. Use familiar words rather than the far-fetched, if they express your meaning equally well; for the familiar are more likely to be readily understood。
3. Use words with a precise meaning rather than those that are vague; and in particular, prefer concrete words to abstract, for they are more likely to have a precise meaning。
摘自 《 The Complete Plain Words 》（白话英文完全手册）By Sir Ernest Gowers
[ 本帖最后由 苏杭 于 2010-6-11 13:57 编辑 ]
Using simple words can get a mere pass. Using more accurate and fine words (not necessarily difficult & not necessarily simple) in an essay can normally score a better grade. The words, familiar or not, must be used in the right context naturally. In General Paper, a candidate is expected to used words that are up to the higher standard, however abstract they might be.|
[ 本帖最后由 小草 于 2010-6-23 22:41 编辑 ]
原帖由 小草 于 2010-6-23 22:25 发表
Using simple words can get a mere pass. Using more accurate and fine words (not necessarily difficult & not necessarily simple) in an essay can normally score a better grade. The words, fam ...
如果小草网友有读我之前写的“不浪费文字的人”（副题：介绍吴庆瑞博士推荐的一本好书《The Complete Plain Words》），就会知道这本书针对的对象是政府公务员（不是在藉学生，也不是为他们考GP而写的 ），用意在於提高他们工作上书写英文的技巧。我在较后贴上的两篇短文就是摘录自《The Complete Plain Words》（白话英文完全手册）的，我希望以它们去引起网友对这本书的兴趣。谢谢小草网友的留言与意见。
[ 本帖最后由 苏杭 于 2010-6-24 10:40 编辑 ]
I would like to see from the perspective of a student in general and a candidate in particular. Preferrably, I would regard myself as a school student of various subjects even though I'm a working adult for years. It's quite a different feeling as it sparks off the zeal of learning more unfamiliar words and knowledge for use in the work periodically. I can understand the need to use plain and simple words during interaction officially. However, to improve oneself (non-officially), one needs to go the extra mile of exploration, especially in language issue.|
[ 本帖最后由 小草 于 2010-6-24 18:00 编辑 ]
原帖由 小草 于 2010-6-24 16:26 发表
I would like to see from the perspective of a student in general and a candidate in particular. Preferrably, I would regard myself as a school student of various subjects even though I'm a worki ...
Thanks for your opinion. As I said this book was written with a specific purpose i.e. in the words of the writer, it is to help officials in their use of written English as a tool of their trade. “The difficulty,” said Robert Louis Stevenson (the author who
wrote the English classic《Treasure Island》),”is not to write, but to write what you mean, not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.” (I quoted from the prologue of the book).
[ 本帖最后由 苏杭 于 2010-6-25 21:38 编辑 ]