Random words I dislike
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In accordance with the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act and the By-Laws of the Homeowners Association, the undersigned does hereby tender this proxy. The undersigned does hereby warrant that he/she is the sole owner of the hereinafter named property, or one of the owners of said property and after having consulted with the other owner/owners of said property, and in accordance with the agreement of said owners, warrants that he/she is entitled to vote on this matter in accordance with Article III of the By-Laws.
Proxy (absentee) voting form
If you can't attend the homeowners association meeting, you can use this proxy form. It's like an absentee ballot: you mark your votes, sign it, and mail it in, so the association's secretary can cast your vote at the meeting.
To vote, you must be the owner of this property:
And you must fit one of these requirements:
1. You are the sole owner or
2. You are a joint owner and you consulted with the other owner or owners and agreed on how to vote.
This is okay (boldface supplied):
A commenter writes--
I prefer to address a plain-English consumer contract to "you," and Rudolf Flesch is on my side in chapter 4 of How to Write Plain English.
The mature and reasonably well educated adult who cannot understand expository writing should not conclude that he is dull-witted or that the subject is too abstruse for him. He should at least entertain the suspicion that the fault lies with the author and that the writing is bad.
In Texas, we call it a court of appeals, not a court of appeal. Thus the possessive becomes a problem. One commenter and others I have consulted prefer this form for a singular possessive:
I subscribe to the rule that to make a word possessive, you add "apostrophe + s." Even when the word already ends in "s," this is the rule I follow. With a few exceptions (Jesus, Moses, Achilles, etc.), this rule is widely supported in English style guides. See, for example, Garner's Modern American Usage at page 624. So I write--
This quotation is attributed to Coke in 1826. I like it, and it fits some legal writing today:
Certainly the fair outsides of enamelled words and sentences do sometimes so bedazzle the eye of the reader’s mind with their glittering shew, as they cause them not to see or not to pierce into the inside of the matter; and he that busily hunteth after affected words, and followeth the strong scent of great swelling phrases, is many times (in winding of them in, to shew a little verbal pride) at a dead loss of the matter itself.
Dr. George Gopen asserts that--
It is a linguistic commonplace that readers naturally emphasize the material that arrives at the end of a sentence. We refer to that location as a stress position.Source (scroll to page 5).
There are two emphatic positions in a sentence . . . . These are the beginning and the end.David Lambuth, The Golden Book on Writing 26 (Penguin Books, Ltd. 1983).
The cabinets of said machines have a flat horizontal top in the shape of a table, mounted upon a base with one end of the table at a slightly lower elevation than the other.