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How to write impressive English?

It is wrong to think that one can write impressive English by memorizing a few rules of grammar. There is never a greater delusion. The secret of good writing does not lie in grammar but in habit of clear thinking and expression.

Mathew Arnold has put it very beautifully
"Have something to say, and say it as clearly as possible".
Thus the very first ladder for writing good English is to be definite and clear in your mind about what you are going to say.



Secondly, in order to improve your English one must keep on writing, for it is practice alone that makes perfection. The habit of keeping diary is very helpful in building up one's personality and power of expression.



Thirdly, most of the people labor under the misunderstanding that the only English worth writing is the English overloaded with difficult words and phrases. One should specially guard against difficult and out of way expressions. Prefer the familiar words to far fetched, concrete words to the abstract, single word to the circumlocution”.



The Panacea for writing impressive English is a good deal of useful reading must be done. To write impressively a full mind is needed and reading is one of the best ways to make the mind full. Thought and imagination go hand in hand with profitable reading. Masterpieces are destined to remain masterpiece and are built to last forever. So, they should be preferred to second rate books. In fact a man reads all books in library and can remain utterly illiterate, but if one reads ten pages of a good book with accuracy, one is far evermore an educated person”.

So if these simple directions are followed, writing impressive English remains no more an uphill task.
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how can v differentiate between a masterpiece and a second rate book before reading it?
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one should read the work of classics
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How to write impressive English?


It is wrong to think that one can write impressive English by memorizing a few rules of grammar. There is never a greater delusion. The secret of good writing does not lie in grammar but in habit of clear thinking and expression.

Mathew Arnold has put it very beautifully
"Have something to say, and say it as clearly as possible".
Thus the very first ladder for writing good English is to be definite and clear in your mind about what you are going to say.



Secondly, in order to improve your English one must keep on writing, for it is practice alone that makes perfection. The habit of keeping diary is very helpful in building up one's personality and power of expression.



Thirdly, most of the people labor under the misunderstanding that the only English worth writing is the English overloaded with difficult words and phrases. One should specially guard against difficult and out of way expressions. Prefer the familiar words to far fetched, concrete words to the abstract, single word to the circumlocution”.



The Panacea for writing impressive English is a good deal of useful reading must be done. To write impressively a full mind is needed and reading is one of the best ways to make the mind full. Thought and imagination go hand in hand with profitable reading. Masterpieces are destined to remain masterpiece and are built to last forever. So, they should be preferred to second rate books. In fact a man reads all books in library and can remain utterly illiterate, but if one reads ten pages of a good book with accuracy, one is far evermore an educated person”.

So if these simple directions are followed, writing impressive English remains no more an uphill task.
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dear brother, if i am not wrong these are the wordings of "syed Saadat ali shah"...!
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Thank you all..

could anyone of you plz tell if we can write a couplet from Urdu/Persian poetry in English essay because once someone told me that doing so would result in losing marks. whereas i believe that since we frequently quote sayings of Latin or French writers then quoting anything in Urdu or Persian should not be an issue too..


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One of my teachers told me that as this paper is of “English” Essay Writing, therefore, quotations from other languages might creative a negative image.
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The same was suggested to me by My teacher.
However , Ayat from Quran can be quoted.
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well i have a different view on this issue:

Although one needs to be very very clear about his/her thoughts before writing something. However, in depth analysis would show that it's not the clarity of thought that matters only. There are many a people who are clear as to what they want to write, but when the pen down the stuff, they are unable to clarify their purpose or their point.

Writing down something on paper is different than some thinking process in our minds. Effective writing style means expressive writing style. It can never be achieved by practice alone.

One needs to study quality materials in order to develop that all important expression power. and i believe it is THE most important element of any writing..

However i do agree that Effective writing never means being verbose. Using fewer words to explain the whole Elephant is a skill that we should strive to develop ...

hats off for such a value thread. Aspirants will learn alot inshallah!
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Indeed clarity of thoughts and effective expression, both are required for meaningful discourse. Well spotted!

It should also be realized that good vocabulary is also an indispensable tool. It is said that an appropriate at right time and place cannot be substituted by a page of explaination in its stead.

I am sure there are plenty of other useful tips for good writing but we should bear in mind, "First you must learn to play by rules, then you must forget all the rules and play by heart"

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