RE: correctness of sentence

Subject: RE: correctness of sentence
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Bruce Megan \(ST-CO/ENG2.2\)" <Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:29:38 -0600

Bruce Megan wrote:

> Hello all,
> Just wanted to check the "correctness" of the following sentence. I
> I've seen people use this type of wording...but it seems a bit archaic
> to me...
> SENTENCE: This process need only to be followed in case of drive
> failure.
> The words I question are "need only to be"
> Suggestions? Comments?

You're writing a user manual, not an essay for an academic journal,
right? Your purpose is to tell the reader clearly what to do (or not
do). Use the imperative:

Follow this process only if a drive fails.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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