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Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/20/11 English 1112E: Technical Report Writing Gefen Bar-On Santor Carmela Coccimiglio
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3/20/11 Newton on how he discovered truth I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.” A reminder to choose a topic for your
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3/20/11 Today’s writing problems 1. Ambiguity 1. Vagueness 1. Wordiness
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3/20/11 Today’s documents Emails Letters Some brief tips on how to write them
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3/20/11 Workshop groups Group A (last names begin A-D ): with Carmela Coccimiglio in Simard 428 (60 Université) Group B (last names begin E-M ): with Kja Isaacson in Morisset 219
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3/20/11 ambiguity From Latin word meaning undecided (B&M 60) [B&M is Beer and McMurrey’s textbook]. An ambiguous word has different possible meanings .
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3/20/11 remember The pronouns “ it ” and “ they ” are often a source of ambiguity. When you write “it” or “they,” make sure it is clear what the pronoun refers to .
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3/20/11 Ambiguous: identify the problem The microprocessor interfaced directly with the 7055 RAM chip. It runs at 5MHz. (B&M 61)
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3/20/11 Ambiguous: what does “it” refer to? The microprocessor interfaced directly with the 7055 RAM chip . It runs at 5MHz. (B&M 61)
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3/20/11 Ambiguity resolved The microprocessor interfaced directly with the 7055 RAM chip. The 7055 runs at 5 MHz. Generally, word repetition should be avoided, unless repetition is necessary to avoid ambiguity .
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3/20/11 What is unclear? Before accepting materials from the new subcontractors, we should make sure they meet our requirements.
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3/20/11 What is unclear? Before accepting materials from the new subcontractors , we should make sure they meet our requirements.
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3/20/11 Ambiguity resolved Before we accept them , we should make sure the materials from the new subcontractors meet our requirements.
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3/20/11 Ambiguous modifiers After testing at the high temperatures, the company accepted the new chip (B&M 61). What is confusing?
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3/20/11 Dangling modifiers After testing at the high temperatures , the company accepted the new chip (B&M 61). The blue text seems to modify the red, as if the company was put to the test.
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3/20/11 Ambiguity removed The company accepted the new chip after it tested out at the specified high temperatures.
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3/20/11 Being such a good writer , I would appreciate your feedback.
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