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Online plain English phrase book

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the plain English phrase book is mobile and tablet friendly

The plain English phrase book is mobile and tablet friendly

An online phrase book that will help you if you are stuck for the right word

The online phrase book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to write in plain English. It's a bit like a dictionary or thesaurus, but gives plain English 'translations' for hundreds of complex or bureaucratic words and phrases. There is also lots of advice on how to use our suggestions.

What's more, if you can't find the word or phrase you're looking for you can email us and we'll reply with our suggestions. Then we'll add the new information to the phrase book so that everyone can benefit. In this way the phrase book will keep growing, becoming an ever-more-useful resource.

The phrase book isn't just a random collection of words. We've trawled through many of the documents we've edited over the years, looking for the words and phrases we have to edit most often. So we know that these words are the ones that writers tend to use instead of the ordinary, everyday words that readers prefer. We are sure this makes the phrase book much more relevant and helpful.

We've also included the words we find writers most often confuse: 'affect' and 'effect', 'complement' and 'compliment', 'fewer' and 'less', 'principal' and 'principle' and so on. We explain the difference between them and give examples of how to use them correctly.

Look at a free sample of the phrase book.

The phrase book can't help with specialised or job-specific terms, for example: legal, medical, accounting, engineering and so on. To see the types of words the phrase book includes see the free sample.

How to subscribe

It's only £9.97 to subscribe to the phrase book for one year. We will remind you when your subscription is due to run out, but there's no obligation to renew. You can order by credit card, debit card or PayPal. Or, if you are in the UK and your organisation is going to pay, you can order by email here and we will start your subscription and send you an invoice. Just tell us your name, your organisation and the invoice address. (Our refunds policy.)

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