LawProse Lesson #326: The Know-How of an Expert.

LawProse Lesson #326: The Know-How of an Expert.

The Know-How of an Expert.

Do you have a hobby you’re passionate about? Perhaps it’s coin-collecting, or rowing, or gardening, or sports cars, or high-school football. Whatever it may be, you’ve doubtless gained considerable expertise over the years. And it’s a joy to encounter someone else with the same passion, isn’t it? You take your conversations to a whole new level.

Why not approach writing with a similar degree of passionate interest? With writing, you’re not a hobbyist, but a professional. It’s what lawyers do for a living. You should approach writing with at least as much passion as you do a serious hobby.

If you’d like to test your command of some interesting problems in Standard Written English, download the app for Garner’s Modern English Usage and take the 30 usage quizzes. (You know how to get an app.) The answers are keyed to the text, which is based on big-data empiricism. Your answers will be retained on the app for only 24 hours, and then you can retest yourself. If you want a sure knowledge of the 300 most common problems in word usage, there’s no better way to obtain it.

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