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> I've been doing technical writing since 1991. Context is key.
Quite correct, youngster.
> >>In the original, it's perfectly clear.
> It isn't any clearer than the above examples.
But we were discussing a specific edit -- replacing "his" with "the" --
in a specific sentence. The question at hand was, "Which is better,
example A or example B?" I maintain it's A.
Your examples are clear, I agree. But your context is procedures for
accomplishing tasks. The sentence in question is descriptive prose --
"John set his user settings" -- not procedural or task-oriented. Wrong
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