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Subject:Re: there is vs. there's From:"Zen C" <zenizenc -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"techwr-l List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 16 Apr 2008 16:59:53 -0400
Do you recommend following a formal style when writing a SOP for a company
or informal (meaning using the spoken style of English)?
The reason I am asking is, I am checking a SOP that is written using the
"speaking style" of English and not sure if I should provide my feedback
saying "use writing style." There is not set standards the company follows,
this is the first SOP the company has documented.
On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 4:45 PM, Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> As always, it depends on what style guide you follow. Many (maybe
> most) style guides say to avoid contractions in formal writing. Period.
> The only possible benefits of contracting this phrase are to make your
> style less formal (which is perhaps not good), and to save exactly one
> character. On the downside, it possibly compromises readability a little
> bit (particularly for ESL readers, who often have problems with English
> contractions), and almost certainly causes issues in translation to some
> languages. So what's the point in doing it?
> > Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 16:33:40 -0400
> > From: zenizenc -at- gmail -dot- com
> > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: there is vs. there's
> > Hi,
> > Is there a rule about using "there is/there's" in Technical Writing? or
> > it a standard followed based on preference.
> > Zen
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