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You’re visiting a restaurant and, as you read the menu, you notice some dishes contain tomatoes. But you notice some differences:
 home-grown grilled tomatoes
 local vine-grown, char-grilled cherry tomatoes
Which appeals more? Which is more expensive? When we want to add value to our writing, we can do so in a number of ways; one being words.
There’s no special grammar within the above descriptions, but the words chosen provide a valuable picture for the reader. A tomato will mean what the reader wants it to mean; the writer has left the reader to imagine, to visualise, to define ‘tomato’.
In  the writer has painted a rudimentary picture, providing information about where the tomatoes were grown and how they are cooked; the diner’s image becomes a little clearer.
However, the writer in  has taken full control, describing tomato type, location and precisely how it’s cooked. The diner is provided with a full-colour, and sensory, image of what to expect.
While such language may not be appropriate for every occasion (Please find attached a dynamic, insightful and detailed Q1 2023 financial report.), adding value to writing is essential if readers are to benefit from it.
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