Avoid nominalizations (hidden verbs)

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failure to make proof of servicefailure to prove service
before the expiration of the period originally prescribedbefore the original time ... expires
upon any change in the information that the statement requiresif any required information changes
maintaining a defense on the meritsdefending on the merits
if a certification is made in violation of the ruleif a certification violates this rule
before completion of the depositionbefore the deposition is completed
for failure of the plaintiff to prosecuteif the plaintiff fails to prosecute
give testimonytestify

 

Read the notes on the Plain Language revisions to the US Federal Rules of Court:

Michigan Bar Journal articles by Prof. Joseph Kimble:


A Drafting Example from the Proposed New Federal Rules of Evidence (August 2009)
Another Example from the Proposed New Federal Rules of Evidence (September 2009)
Still Another Example from the Proposed New Federal Rules of Evidence (October 2009)
One Last Example from the Proposed New Federal Rules of Evidence (November 2009)

Guiding Principles for Restyling the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Part 1) September 2005
Guiding Principles for Restyling the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Part 2) October 2005

 

Guidelines for Drafting and Editing Court Rules by Bryan A. Garner


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