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By Robert E. Berger

ISBN-10: 1118832523

ISBN-13: 9781118832523

A clinical method of WRITING

Technical rules can be strong or maybe groundbreaking, but when those rules can't be in actual fact communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for examine investment, articles submitted to medical 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, fullyyt happy with the good judgment and rules of arithmetic and technology, deal with writing as though it possesses none of those attributes. The absence of a scientific framework for writing frequently leads to sentences which are tough to stick to or arguments that go away reviewers scratching their heads.

This booklet fixes that challenge by way of proposing a “scientific” method of writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an method in keeping with an easily-discernable set of ideas. instead of in basic terms declaring principles for English grammar and composition, this e-book explains the explanations at the back of those principles and exhibits that stable purposes can consultant each writing decision.

This source is additionally like minded for the transforming into variety of scientists and engineers within the U.S. and in other places who converse English as a moment language, in addition to for somebody else who simply desires to be understood.

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49] 8. Small solid-state lasers produce relatively high power in the infrared band of light, where many gases can be detected with great sensitivity. [50] The subordinate clause in Example 7 restricts the satellites under discussion to those where electricity and heat must be dissipated to protect equipment. 3 General Rule for Punctuating Subordinate Clauses Having found that the same rule is applicable for both that and which clauses and for adverb (or adjective) clauses, a general rule can be formulated: General Rule for Punctuating Subordinate Clauses Commas are not used to separate subordinate clauses used as qualifiers when they are essential to the meaning of the core of the sentence—that is, when the qualifier restricts and/or is closely related to the core.

The third preposi­ tional phrase, in Tokamak plasmas, modifies a more distant antecedent along with all prepositional phrases in between. That is, the third prepositional phrase modifies the expression, measurements with high spectral resolution. In summary, regard both adjectives and prepositional phrases as minor qualifiers that appear within the core or within major qualifiers. It is to these major qualifiers (hereafter just called qualifiers) that we next turn our attention. 4 Three Factors to Consider When Adding a Qualifier to a Sentence In technical writing, qualifiers are used to explain, elaborate, and modify.

2014 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 11 12 Qualifiers Used in Sentences In general, a subject includes a noun—a person, place, or thing—and a predicate describes what the subject is or does. A predicate includes a verb, a word that indicates an action or a state of being. Nouns and verbs represent two categories that English grammar books call parts of speech. In the simple sentence, the parts of speech are as follows: •• For the subject: The [article] system [noun] •• For the predicate: slows [verb] the [article] operation.

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