Please forward to the editors of China Daily and the English editions of Xinhua News:
How To Write Good in English
All writers should learn such way-goodnesses as these: Comparisons are as bad as cliches. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. Be more or less specific. And much, much extra! Here are seveal very important but often forgotten rules of English:
Avoid alliteration. Always.
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
Employ the vernacular.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations.
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
Contractions aren’t necessary.
Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
One should never generalize.
Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
Comparisons are just as bad as cliches.
Don’t be redundant. Don’t use more words than necessary. It’s highly superfluous.
Be more or less specific.
Understatement is always best.
Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
One-word sentences? Eliminate.
Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
The passive voice is to be avoided.
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
Even is a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
Who needs rhetorical questions?
(Source: various anonymous)