TECHNICAL ENGLISH

The table below indicates some good and poor choices for words and terms to use in technical papers.

 

Table 2: Technical Words and Phrases

Good

Bad

calculated

found,

measured

read

chose

optimized

parallax error

human error

damper

dampener (makes things wet)

resistor

resister (someone who resists)

build, calculate, write

create

shows

represent

 

Table 3: Plain English

Good

Bad

was

it became obvious that

came in at

representing

 

 

 

Generally bad phrases,

in order to be

needed to be ----> is

needed to be used

so as to

decided to be

can be located

found to have

found through

it was found that

implementation of

important

precise

exact

perfect

noted to be

involved

allowed for it

was found to be

was looked thorough ---> reviewed

along with - with

also

then

decided on - selected

found - measured, calculated

the wearing of

needed to

 

 

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