Clear Technical Writing
Clear Action

Action Star 3

A generic verb that can hide the Main Action is to have.

The ledger has a listing of all expenses.

Star has
[Action] of X

The ledger has a listing of all expenses.

The ledger lists all expenses.

Generic synonyms for the verb to have can act the same way.

to include:

The summary includes descriptions of new challenges.

Star includes
[Action] of X

The summary includes descriptions of new challenges.

The summary describes new challenges.

to contain:

The report contains illustrations of the structural design.

Star contains
[Action] of X

The report contains illustrations of the structural design.

The report illustrates the structural design.

Another generic verb that can hide the Main Action is to use.

The oxygenator is used for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood during surgery.

Star is used for
[Action] of X

The oxygenator is used for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood during surgery.

The oxygenator exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood during surgery.

Generic synonyms for the verb to use can act the same way.

to employ:

The processor is employed to encrypt the data stream.

Star is employed to
[Action] X

The processor is employed to encrypt the data stream.

The processor encrypts the data stream.

to serve:

The sensor serves to accumulate data.

Star serves to
[Action] X

The sensor serves to accumulate data.

The sensor accumulates data.

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

The flow diagram has a depiction of how natural gas is processed. The diagram legend contains an explanation for all the abbreviations. The process first includes separation of condensate. WSA is used for recovering sulfuric acid. An adsorption process is employed for the removal of mercury. A Merox process serves to convert mercaptans into disulfides.

The flow diagram depicts how natural gas is processed. The diagram legend explains all the abbreviations. The process first separates condensate. WSA recovers sulfuric acid. An adsorption process removes mercury. A Merox process converts mercaptans into disulfides.

Lesson: Action Star 3
Module: Clear Action
Course: Clear Technical Writing