Writing is a craft that requires precision in our word choices

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June 10, 2012
 
Dear Fellow Communicator,
 
Constructing grammatically and structurally correct sentences is a must in writing, but we all know that this isn’t enough to command and retain the attention of the reader. We need to come up with clear, readable, and compelling sentences for our expositions—a craft that requires precision in our choice of words as carriers of our thoughts and ideas. Obviously, the wider and richer our vocabulary, the better we will be able to differentiate between the various meanings, senses, and nuances of words and their synonyms, and the better, livelier, and more interesting our writing will be. It was to bring home this point that I posted “Using synonyms to enliven prose,” an essay that I wrote for my English-usage column in The Manila Times way back in 2004, in this week’s edition of Jose Carillo’s English Forum. It starts off a series of back-to-basics lessons in writing that I intend to present in the Forum the next several weeks.  
 
THIS WEEK IN JOSE CARILLO’S ENGLISH FORUM (June 10-16, 2012):
·       Essays by Jose Carillo: Writing is a Craft Requiring Precision in Word Choice (All the more reason to get to know more words in English and their synonyms)
·       Readings on Language: “Bogus Controversy” Between Prescriptivists and Descriptivists Decried (U.S. magazine accused of fomenting baseless language war)
·       You Asked Me This Question: A Full-Dress Review of the Kinds of Verbs in English (We need to understand clearly how they evoke actions, states, or conditions)
·       News and Commentary: Lack of Interest Spells the End for the Queen’s English Society (It finally concedes it can’t survive in the era of text-speak and Twitter)
·       Use and Misuse: How the Progressive Tenses Differ from the Perfect Progressive Tenses (Their nuances go beyond the mere completion of action in time)
·       Time Out from English Grammar: Our Earnest Quest for Eternal Life and the Downside of Realizing It (Think of having nothing to do but endless time to do it!)
·       Students’ Sounding Board: Uses of the “Is To + Verb”/“Are To + Verb” Grammar Structure (It evokes the sense of mandated action instead of just a future action)
·       Education and Teaching Forum: The Mounting Criticisms Against DepEd’s K to 12 Program (Community-based education reform urged instead of top-down reform)
·       The Finest in Language Humor: Crazy Laws Probably Still Extant in Certain Countries (Sampler: “In Israel picking your nose on Saturday is forbidden.”)
·       The Lounge: Videos: “The Life of the Flowers” and “The Beauty of Pollination” (Exquisite things that quietly take place in the garden of life)
·       My Thoughts Exactly: So Whatever Became of “Fine!”, “You’re Welcome!”, and “Dead”? (“The web of life that we enjoy must have reasons”)
·       How Good is Your English?: How Criterion-Referenced Tests Can Help Improve Your English (You can work your way up to really great English!)
 
See you at the Forum!
 
Joe Carillo
 

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