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Effective Global Business Writing Skills: Avoid Complicated Grammar

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As with all business writing, you want to be clear and to the point. Convey your message as simply as possible and move on.

For a global audience, you don’t want to use complicated or challenging grammatical structures. Instead, it is better to write short, clear sentences with simple grammatical structures.

For example, let's look at the following two sentences:

As a result of the challenging business climate, we will need to cut back on frivolous spending.

AND

The business climate is challenging right now. As a result, we need to cut back on frivolous spending.  

They mean the same thing. However, the first example is one long sentence that uses multiple verb tenses. The second example is two shorter sentences that use the present tense. When writing for a global audience, use clear, short, direct sentences without complicated grammar. 

Let's try again.

As a result of our diminished purchasing power due to the recent decrease in the value of the dollar, we will only be able to purchase 10,000 units.

We can make this less complex and far easier to understand like this:

Our purchasing power is lower because the value of the dollar decreased. As a result, now we can only purchase 10,000 units.

Simple, clear sentences improve understanding in global business writing.

Learn more in this Effective Business Writing for Non-Native Writers course.

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Katie Almeida Spencer

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Katie Almeida Spencer

Katie is an experienced Business Writing and English as a Second Language instructor, business writing coach, and teacher trainer. She taught Business and Academic Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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