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Literate people have the ability to express themselves clearly; that is, they have the fluent ability to choose appropriate words and phrases to convey their intended meaning. Speaking a language entails some degree of fluency at producing words and phrases with appropriate meanings. But when this ability is applied to produce written text, it often miscarries in characteristic ways. Written text must often be read without contextual support, by readers not personally known to the author, under circumstances very different from those that stimulated the original composition. Control of verbal expression entails the ability to choose grammatical structures and words that will communicate the intended propositions even in the absence of supporting context.

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