Here are some writing tips from George Orwell's 1946 article on Politics and the English Language.
The key points from this article:
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active. (click here for explanation)
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous (in other words, use common sense when applying these rules)
What 'rules' do you break when writing an assignment?