Clear Technical Writing
Clear Action

Action Star 4

The generic verb give can hide the Main Action in a sentence.

We give consideration to all suggestions.

Star give
[Action] to X

We give consideration to all suggestions.

We consider all suggestions.

Generic synonyms for the verb give can act the same way.

provide:

The Faraday cage provides shielding against radio interference.

Star provides
[Action] against X

The Faraday cage provides shielding against radio interference.

The Faraday cage shields against radio interference.

furnish:

The warehouse furnishes storage for our inventory.

Star furnishes
[Action] for X

The warehouse furnishes storage for our inventory.

The warehouse stores our inventory.

Another generic verb that can hide the Main Action is perform.

Statisticians perform the analysis of the results.

Star perform
[Action] of X

Statisticians perform the analysis of the results.

Statisticians analyze the results.

Generic synonyms for the verb perform can act the same way.

conduct:

They conducted a study of consumer preferences.

Star conducted
[Action] of X

They conducted a study of consumer preferences.

They studied consumer preferences.

operate:

The firewall operates to secure your system.

Star operates to
[Action] X

The firewall operates to secure your system.

The firewall secures your system.

Edit your writing by underlining generic verbs and by highlighting Leading Stars and Main Actions.

Our assessment gives allowance for random failures. The report provides an estimation of reliability. Redundant controlers furnish an improvement in availability. The system engineers perform the calculations of MTBF. They will also conduct inspections of hardware in the field. Every station operates to maintain fast repair times.

Our assessment allows for random failures. The report estimates reliability. Redundant controlers improve availability. The system engineers calculate MTBF. They will also inspect hardware in the field. Every station maintains fast repair times.

Lesson: Action Star 4
Module: Clear Action
Course: Clear Technical Writing