By Robert E. Berger
A clinical method of WRITING
Technical rules should be good or maybe groundbreaking, but when those rules can't be in actual fact communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for learn investment, articles submitted to clinical journals, and company plans to commercialize technology—are prone to reject the argument for advancing those ideas.
The challenge is that many engineers and scientists, completely ok with the good judgment and rules of arithmetic and technological know-how, deal with writing as though it possesses none of those attributes. The absence of a scientific framework for writing frequently ends up in sentences which are tough to stick to or arguments that go away reviewers scratching their heads.
This ebook fixes that challenge via providing a “scientific” method of writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an procedure according to an easily-discernable set of rules. instead of in basic terms mentioning ideas for English grammar and composition, this e-book explains the explanations at the back of those principles and exhibits that strong purposes can advisor each writing decision.
This source can also be well matched for the transforming into variety of scientists and engineers within the U.S. and in different places who converse English as a moment language, in addition to for someone else who simply desires to be understood.
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In order to figure out which commas go with what, the reader may be forced to pause while reading. Thus, to avoid the additional burden in reading that may be introduced by so many commas, a higher order of punctuation, the dash, can be used: Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – such as nuclear weapons, biological weapons, and chemical weapons – is a serious threat to world peace. The dashes now separate the such as phrase from the rest of the sentence, while the commas separate the individual items within the such as phrase.
Major Qualifiers 1. That and Which Clauses 2. Adverb Clauses 3. Explanatory Phrases 4. Participle Phrases 5. Major Prepositional Phrases 6. Infinitive Phrases In this list, the first two types of major qualifiers are known as subordinate clauses, so named because they play a supporting role to the main clause, that is, the core of the sentence. Subordinate clauses are used to explain, or qualify, something in the core, or perhaps they qualify the entire core. These types of qualifiers will be discussed in Chapter 3.
Use which as the relative pronoun for nonrestrictive clauses (those that are not essential to the sentence), and use commas to separate the clause. 25 That and which Clauses Positions of that and which Clauses With Respect to Their Antecedents Usually, that and which clauses used as qualifiers should be placed immediately behind their antecedents, that is, the noun being modified. However, for that clauses only, especially for long that clauses, a short verb or prepositional phrase can be inserted between the clause and its antecedent.