UNT TECM 2700 - chapter 8 (49 pages)

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University of North Texas
Course:
Tecm 2700 - Technical Writing

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Creating Reader Oriented Language Use Specific and Unambiguous Language Use Only the Words Your Readers Need Use Simple Words Use Positive Language Be Specific An engine on the plane experienced some difficulties VAGUE The left engine on the Martin 411 lost power during flight SPECIFIC VAGUE Please send me the revised instructions ASAP Please send me the revised lab instructions by June 8 SPECIFIC Avoid Ambiguity After stirring by hand for 10 seconds add these drops of the iodine mixture to the solution AMBIGUOUS Stir the iodine mixture by hand for 10 seconds Then add three drops to the solution CLEAR Review Exercises 1 a d Vague Language Avoid Stacked Nouns A noun string contains a series of nouns or nouns adjectives and adverbs all of which modify the last noun preregistration procedures instruction sheet update UNCLEAR an update of the instruction sheet for preregistration procedures CLEAR Review Exercises 4 a d Stacked Nouns Avoid Misplaced Modifiers Those modifiers that appear to modify the wrong referent Usually the best solution is to place the modifier as close as possible to the referent MISPLACED The subject of the meeting is the future of geothermal energy in the downtown Webster Hotel CORRECT The subject of the meeting in the downtown Webster Hotel is the future of geothermal energy MISPLACED Growing in the sterile solution the lab technicians observed the bacteria CORRECT The lab technicians observed the bacteria growing in the sterile solution Exercise 2a Original A brochure about the scholarship program is enclosed with the application THAT gives complete details choose one application or brochure Revised We have enclosed an application for the scholarship program and a brochure that explains the details of the application Exercise 2b Original The study suggests that we should continue the recycling program to the city and the council Revised The study presented to the city and the council suggests that we continue the recycling program Revised



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