The purpose of this essay is to analyze style problems presented in SOPA bill (HR 3261) in order to help US citizens and others understand the implications of this legislation. The methods of analysis are consulted from Joseph M. William’s “Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace”.
It is important to acknowledge that legalese should contain some level of passive and nominalization in order to maintain authority even though passive and nominalization could make sentences difficult to understand and wordy. According to Williams, writers should balance the sentence structures from light words in the beginning and heavy word at the back. This way the sentence ends with a special emphasis. For example, nominalization is considered to be heavy that Williams suggests putting it at the end of the sentence. An example of nominalization is in line 14 to 15 in page 54. It can be changed to “for commercial advantage or private financial gain purposes” rather than “for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain”; however, the sentence has gained a level of emphasis by using a nominalization.