Paul Dudenhefer

Writer and editor

Location icon United States of America

I help people communicate ideas in a way that makes sense to their intended audience.

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01/31/2017
Extending the Length of a Sentence

Published on When we extend the length of a sentence, we often go for the relative clause, which is a clause introduced by a relative pronoun such as which or that. (See? I just did it.)

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03/06/2017
How to Be Clear

Published on Every writing manual tells you to be clear. But very few show you how. One that does is Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by the late Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup. The assessment of the budget on the part of the board led to the recommendation that better management of travel costs was a need.

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The House of Church

How does one explain a Frederick Douglass, a Booker T. Washington, a George Washington Carver? The fact that some blacks were permitted to flourish in a society otherwise committed to racial oppression makes the oppression seem all the crueler, because it reveals how truly selective it was.

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02/02/2017
Write with Verbs for Greater Clarity

Published on Why is this sentence hard to read? "The assessment of the budget on the part of the board led to the recommendation that better management of travel costs was a need." The answer is the exuberant use of what are known as nominalizations.

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Sun Records: Episode 1

Episode 1 of Sun Records, CMT's new series about the rise of the Memphis music scene in the 1950s, opens in 1950 with a fifteen-year-old Elvis Presley sitting in a stairwell of a housing project and quietly strumming a guitar. He is listening to a radio that is playing "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"