Clear Technical Writing
Clear Phrasing

Unnecessary Qualifiers

A common troublemaker

Almost every time we write in order to we are using three words where one would do.

In order to select the paragraph, triple click inside it.

To select the paragraph, triple click inside it.

One sounds a bit patronizing; the other sounds practical.

Forceful troublemakers

Do you want your writing to sound like you are a lawyer, cross-examining a witness? If so, try using one of these forceful troublemakers.

Keep in mind the fact that the contract wording was unclear.

Let me stress the point that we were short on time.

Caution is essential in cases where redesign is not possible.

If you would rather be clear and concise, edit accordingly.

Keep in mind that the contract wording was unclear.

Let me stress that we were short on time.

Caution is essential where redesign is not possible.

Subtle troublemakers

If you want your writing to sound like that of a hedging pundit, these subtle troublemakers will do the job.

The nature of the spectral density varies with detector temperature.

Compare the results of your estimate with the measured value.

For the purpose of clarity, please define your terms.

To prevent the possibility of oxidation, all parts are painted.

If you would rather be clear, edit wisely.

The spectral density varies with detector temperature.

Compare your estimate with the measured value.

For clarity, please define your terms.

To prevent oxidation, all parts are painted.

Edit your writing by underlining unnecessary qualifiers.

We replaced the data bus connectors in order to test the circuit board by itself. One reason for this is the fact that other similar connectors had failed. We used the signal generator to test the nature of each connector's performance.

Lesson: Unnecessary Qualifiers
Module: Clear Phrasing
Course: Clear Technical Writing