RE: introducing steps

Subject: RE: introducing steps
From: M -dot- Vina-Baltsas -at- mindray -dot- com
To: Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- bell -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:21:30 -0400

I hear you about the translation issue, but using a gerund in the heading
should eliminate the confusion.

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RE: introducing steps







This thread ignores translation. Making the introductory phrase a complete
grammatical sentence makes it easier for translators and non-native
speakers of English to understand the procedure.

By starting with a infinitive phrase, every subsequent step is
grammatically part of a potentially very long serial sentence.

By starting with a complete grammatical sentence, each step acts as an
independent sentence.

Just sayin'


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> Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:47:31 -0700
> From: becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com
> Subject: introducing steps
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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> I'm taking a class in technical writing. My teacher says never to
introduce a series of steps with an infinitive (To install Sigil) but to
use an independent clause ("To install Sigil, follow these steps:" or
words to that effect. To me, the clause "follow these steps" is imlied by
the fact that steps follow. Still, it's the teacher, so I have to follow
her style.
>
> Is there a more graceful way to introduce steps? how do yo do it? I'm
pretty much coming up dry.
>
> Thanks
>
> Becca
>
>
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introducing steps: From: Becca
RE: introducing steps: From: Peter Sturgeon

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