Re: How formal or informal?

Subject: Re: How formal or informal?
From: "Maggie Secara" <maggiros -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 17:52:03 -0800

After learning English in school, they came to live in an English-speaking society that is full of peculiar turns of phrase their teachers probably avoided. The other people they work with (from 5 or 10 different countries themselves, maybe) also expand their English as she is spoken (as Mark Twain said) from the people around them, not from text books.

I don't see any reason to be cutsey in a procedures manual, but I don't
suppose you're saying "Hey Dude, like don't put the 20s in with the 10s,
okay?" <g>

What is it you're trying to avoid? Contractions?

Maggie Secara



>From: Marilynne Smith <marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com>
>

>If they've learned English in school, they probably didn't learn the
folksy
>language or colloquialisms - at least not a lot. I would write simply
and
>clearly. Who could ask for more?
>
>Marilynne
>
>At 05:27 PM 3/8/2001 -0600, Jo Baer wrote:
>>Our department writes various types of documentation for a bank. Our
>>manuals range from policy and procedure manuals used in the bank
>>branches to system manuals used by analysts and programmers. (We still
>>call them programmers, not engineers.) The policy and procedure manuals
>>are aimed at more or less entry-level people. We also produce documents
>>aimed at the supervisors and managers of bank d


From: Jo Baer <jbaer -at- mailbox1 -dot- tcfbank -dot- com>
Reply-To: Jo Baer <jbaer -at- mailbox1 -dot- tcfbank -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Subject: How formal or informal?
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 17:27:45 -0600

Our department writes various types of documentation for a bank. Our
manuals range from policy and procedure manuals used in the bank

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