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How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
  to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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  • How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
  • Do you think the writer should revise the underlined sentence?
  • The bus broke down, so I need to revise my estimated time of arrival.
  • I have a rough plan, but I want to talk with others on the team and revise it.

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  • How can we revise order fulfillment to be more efficient?
  • They revised their estimates of last year’s growth.
  • This is the second revision of my term paper, but I want to get a good night’s sleep and look at it one more time.
  • Do you like my revisions?
  • After that little maneuver, the rules are being revised to require that all of the enemy’s soldiers must be frozen or disabled before the gate can be reversed.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed," he says.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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  • "Recall is made more difficult because memories can be changed." Beetee taps his forehead. "Brought to the forefront of your mind, altered, and saved again in the revised form."
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He entered with all his following, and saw them drawing sheets in one place, correcting in another, setting up type here, revising there; in short all the work that is to be seen in great printing offices.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "He declares that your humbug of a landlord revised this gentleman’s article—the article that was read aloud just now—in which you got such a charming dressing-down."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Here would be another light, as of oxy-hydrogen, showing the very grain of things, and revising all former explanations.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • {5} This is the revised text adopted by Dr. Hawksworth (1766).
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Gervais gave a long account of an official revision, remarkable for the stupidity of everybody concerned.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And thinking of nothing but the journey before him, and the revision work he had to do, he went into his room and asked the porter who escorted him where his man was.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The president called for the indictment, revised as we know, by the clever and implacable pen of Villefort.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then Holabird published officially, under the Institute’s seal, Martin’s original report to the Trustees, with such quaint revisions as a change of "the results should have analysis" to "while statistical analysis would seem desirable, it is evident that this new treatment has accomplished all that had been hoped."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • After breakfast Carol bustled to a hair-dresser’s, bought gloves and a blouse, and importantly met Kennicott in front of an optician’s, in accordance with plans laid down, revised, and verified.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • There was the new budget of the Operating Department, the revised budget based on the raise in rates which Jim had obtained last week.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He thought of it eagerly, laughing in relief at the picture of Francon’s daughter as he had imagined her for years, revising his vision of his future; even though he felt dimly that it would be better if he never met her again.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They proceeded to a final revision of the protocol.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It’s old, yellowed, full of scribbles, crossed-out words and revisions.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Revisions that catered to popular bigotry began appearing.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The Lord of the Rings is now issued in a new edition, and the opportunity has been taken of revising it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3d edition, revised (1987), pp.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • A Revised History of Hogwarts would be a more accurate title.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Dear Mr Potter, Further to our letter of approximately twenty-two minutes ago, the Ministry of Magic has revised its decision to destroy your wand forthwith.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Ginny’s O.W.L.s were approaching and she was therefore forced to revise for hours into the night.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Lily was nineteen when circumstances caused her to revise her view of the universe.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • All that troubled him but little; and he gave a warm reception every evening to the wine of the royal vintage of Chaillot, without a suspicion that several flasks of that same wine (somewhat revised and corrected, it is true, by Doctor Coictier), cordially offered to Edward IV. by Louis XI.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Later revisions of the law provided for monthly allowances to victims suffering from various aftereffects.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Indeed, what I observed as the weeks went by forced me to substantially revise my presuppositions about some of my teammates.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Somewhere beneath the load of the emotion-freezing ice which my life had conditioned my brain to produce, a spot of black anger glowed and threw off a hot red light of such intensity that had Lord Kelvin known of its existence, he would have had to revise his measurements.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The idea of living creatures being numbered like software, being subject to updates and revisions, troubled Grant.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The rich man, who had in a manner revised the New Testament, and already entered into the kingdom of Heaven.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • As Tehran accustomed itself to the reality of war, civil defense authorities issued revised instructions.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • They asked first that he renounce the revision of property titles in order to get back the support of the Liberal landowners.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • If I live impeccably now, it is only because I am well on the forties—a period of revision.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The justice maintained his judicial composure, and simply said— "Doubtless it is allowable to revise the value, since it is not yet writ upon the record."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • But this could not explain the clear distension of the lungs, which had to have been caused by the pressure of the sea, and so he revised his initial hypothesis and entered in his final report that the salt water swallowed by Alec Vilderling had been absorbed into his bloodstream while he yet lived.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • People were suddenly obliged to revise their whole approach to the Book of Genesis.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Such more or less was my impression, and it would certainly not have been a good one if it had not been revised and corrected by many small instances.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • …to myself that what lay buried within the steeples of Martinville must be something analogous to a charming phrase, since it was in the form of words which gave me pleasure that it had appeared to me, I borrowed a pencil and some paper from the Doctor, and composed, in spite of the jolting of the carriage, to appease my conscience and to satisfy my enthusiasm, the following little fragment, which I have since discovered, and now reproduce, with only a slight revision here and there.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He had arranged his pamphlets and what work he had done in the Service into a pattern from which he intended to make his revise of "A Psychology for Psychiatrists."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Right of revision.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Maybe the scientists were right in the first place, with their original announcements, before they revised upward.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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