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  1. Hemingway could have used a refresher course in how to use a comma.

  2. Joe says:

    “A main point is that when one writes in simple, clear sentences, one cannot lie.”

    That’s a bit exaggerated. It must be particularly hard for lawyers and law professors to follow.

  3. David Glenn says:

    I read an article that says,” A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?”

    I hope regardless of profession, would consider asking these questions first.

  4. AGR says:

    @KJH–That is why God invented copy editors…