Legal English writing: Unit 2 – Sentence length.


Learn how to write plain legal English by thinking about sentence length.
By learning the basic rules about sentence length, you will improve your legal writing skills by communicating clear, easily understandable and effective sentences.

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  1. Can you help me draft this in plain English, Please!

    ‘In the first place we have granted to God, and by this our present charter confirmed for us and our

    heirs forever that the English Church shall be free, and shall have her rights entire, and her liberties

    inviolate; and we will that it be thus observed; which is apparent from this that the freedom of

    elections, which is reckoned most important and very essential to the English Church, we, of our pure

    and unconstrained will, did grant, and did by our charter confirm and did obtain the ratification of the

    same from our lord, Pope Innocent III, before the quarrel arose between us and our barons: and this

    we will observe, and our will is that it be observed in good faith by our heirs forever. We have also

    granted to all freemen of our kingdom, for us and our heirs forever, all the underwritten liberties, to

    be had and held by them and their heirs, of us and our heirs forever.’


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