A question of grammar vs. brevity.

Subject: A question of grammar vs. brevity.
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:04:23 -0500

I want to create a single section of a document that deals with both
adding information to and removing information from something. The
completely grammatically correct heading for this section would be
something like:

"Adding [the information] to and removing [the information] from [the

I would like to avoid repeating "[the information]."

One way of handling it would be to remove "[the thing]," from the
heading and have it read simply "Adding and removing[the information]."
The reason I hesitate to do that is that the heading would then be
inconsistent with the other headings in the document,

The second way to do it would be to say:

"Adding and removing [the information] to/from the thing."

The problem with that would be the use of the "to/from" things, which is
one of those perversions of proper grammar. My inclination is to go
ahead and do it anyway and let our editor decide if it's okay, but I was
wondering what everyone here would do.

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