Re: Repeating the same verb

Subject: Re: Repeating the same verb
From: Annamaria Profit <inteltek -at- erols -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 10:16:12 -0400


I agree with your proofer. This is a common redundancy, but is very
easily fixed. Why not just illustrate the function. For example, just
skip the "this allows you to.." because that's obvious, and just list
the functions..."Opens the document", etc.

I once worked at an editorial site that opened every consultant's
profile with the verb "Has..." When I asked why, the manager said it was
a template. That kind of editorial laziness gives tech writing a bad

Eadaoin O'Donnell wrote:
> Hi,
> I was wondering.....
> I have a list of 19 options. I have put them in a table and under the
> explanation column, I describe what each option allows you to do.
> Someone proofed my document and suggested that I don't repeat the same
> phrase each time.
> "This option allows you to.....blah blah"
> What do you reckon? Should I use a different phrase like "This option
> permits you to..." or "This option lets you ......"
> Does it matter, what sounds better......
> Would appreciate opinions.

Annamaria Profit
E-mail: inteltek -at- erols -dot- com

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