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Lesson 8: Drafting and Revising Definition and Descriptions This lesson combines two important elements of technical communication: definition and description. Although you will sometimes encounter these elements separately, more often than not they are used together to help explain an object or a process. The assignment we’ll begin this week will ask you to focus on description, but there will be opportunities for definitional work as well. People generally have little trouble with parenthetical definitions, single words or short phrases that provide clarification. Sentence definitions, however, are more difficult because they require a more formal structure of categorization. Many people find it difficult to choose an appropriate category for the term they are defining. The problem is that they either cannot choose a sufficiently narrow category to make the distinguishing characteristics meaningful or are so used to sliding into the definition without a noun in the category ("A PDA is what is used . . .") that they cannot understand the concept
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