Edit “of” phrases: use possessives

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in order to consider possible settlementto consider possible settlement
take appropriate action with respect totake appropriate action on
for the purpose of curing the failureto cure its failure
in the absence of other directions from the courtabsent . . . a court order
in accordance with the provisions of any other ruleunder other rules
prior to the service upon the defendant of the plaintiff’s motion to dismissbefore being served with the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss

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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