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Global English Guidelines for Community Members

by Community Manager on ‎04-03-2015 02:07 PM - edited on ‎04-20-2018 08:30 AM by Community Manager (1,247 Views)

Did you know that SAS users from over 200 countries visit And of course, not all of them use English as their native language.


map.pngCountries with SAS communities visitors


Understanding Global English is essential for writers and editors at SAS, so we thought it would be helpful for our community members, as well.


We’re linking you to the Top 10 Global English Guidelines that you need to know to write for translation and for nonnative readers.  Here are the rules -- refer to the document for detailed explanation and examples.


  1. Use short sentences
  2. Use complete sentences
  3. Untangle long noun phrases
  4. Expand -ED verbs whenever possible
  5. Always revise -ING verbs that follow nouns
  6. Use "that" liberally
  7. Choose simple, precise words that have a limited range of meanings
  8. Standardize your terminology and phrasing
  9. Don't use slang, idioms, colloquialisms, or figurative language
  10. Clarify which parts of a sentence are being joined by "and" or by "or." 

These guidelines are based on John Kohl's comprehensive The Global English Style Guide, which enumerates the Global English principles and provides discussion, analysis, and extensive examples.

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎04-03-2015 02:49 PM


The "top 10" is excellent and a quick read.  We have a lot of students here for whom English is a second language.  This monograph will help our instructors on clarity.



by Community Manager
on ‎04-03-2015 02:53 PM

I'm happy you found this helpful, Doc! I'll pass your note along to the author. Thanks for participating in our communities.



by Trusted Advisor
on ‎04-03-2015 06:04 PM

Thanks for sharing the document Shelley. I read the guideline a while ago and found it a great resource to help with international communication.

Kind Regards,


by Community Manager
on ‎04-06-2015 08:09 AM

You're very welcome, Michelle. These tips help me in my daily writing, so glad to pass them along to others.