RE: localizing gerunds? (was: Writing English for Translation)

Subject: RE: localizing gerunds? (was: Writing English for Translation)
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:04:13 -0700

Monique Semp wrote:

> Procedure writing advice seems pretty unanimous in recommending that
> gerunds
> be used, but localization advice seems to come out strongly against
> them.
>
> Well, mostly. In Leah Guren's presentation in the recent User
> Assistance
> conference, we discussed this and her experience has been that
> localization
> vendors haven't had any problems with properly translating her
> procedure's
> gerunds into the target languages.

When I was first creating a doc that would be translated, I was told "don't use gerunds." My response was, "Why not? Are the translators we use incompetent?"


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
303-903-6372
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References:
Writing English for Translation: From: Roberta Hennessey
Re: Writing English for Translation: From: Bill Swallow
localizing gerunds? (was: Writing English for Translation): From: Monique Semp

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