1. The North American Personal Motorsports Marketing Association (NAPMMA) is an organization committed to helping our members, dealers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and personal watercraft, to achieve their business objectives. Specifically, NAPMMA communicates with local, state, and national governmental agencies and leaders on issues of importance to their members. We also educate the current and prospective owners on the safe and enjoyable operation of their motorsports vehicles.

2. Major league baseball is America’s favorite pastime sport. However, more people are attending minor league baseball games because of less cost. Connecticut, for example, the New Haven Ravens, the Norwich Navigators, and the New Britain Rock Cats affiliated respectively with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Yankees, and the Minnesota Twins. These teams play in relatively small stadiums, so fans are close enough to see and hear everything. Best of all, the cost of a family outing to see rising stars play in a local minor league game is just a fraction of what the family would spend to attend a major league game in a much larger, more crowded stadium.



1 The next time you write something, make sure you check the sentence length in a 100-word passage. If your sentences average more than 16-20 words, try to break them down into smaller sentences.

2 Don’t do as the village blacksmith did when he told his apprentice “When I take the shoe out of the fire, I’ll lay it on the anvil, and when I nod my head, you hit it with the hammer.” The apprentice did just as he was told and became the village blacksmith.

3 Unfortunately, no gadget will produce excellent writing. But using a yardstick like the Fog Index gives us some guideposts to follow for making writing easier to read. Its two factors remind us to use short sentences and simple words.



1 Several examples show that Elaine can’t hold a position very long.


2 A generous contribution to Mildred Cook’s retirement party would be appreciated.


3 Generally, reliable sources in Washington report today that the White House will soon make an important announcement.




1 Long time

The pay increases must be stopped before an unusual debt amount.

3 They did not find sufficient evidence.

4 There may be a price increase.

5 The union’s proposals were inflationary, demanding, and bold.

6 A resignation letter means you might be leaving us.



1 Our final company orientation of the year will be held on Dec. 20. In preparation for this session, please order 20 copies of the Policy handbook, the confidentiality agreement, and the employee benefits Manual. Please let me know if you anticipate any delays in obtaining these materials.