RE: Perform vs. do

Subject: RE: Perform vs. do
From: "Barb" <caslon -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "'Milan Davidovic'" <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:00:01 -0400

We've been trying to move to more ESL-friendly language, plus plainlanguage.gov recommends "do" over "perform" (but with no explanation). We've been trying to use "do" instead, but it sounds strange. Because it sounds strange, our department members have been sporadic about using it. This in turn has resulted in inconsistent usage, so we're trying to establish rules around when to and not to use "perform" and "do" (or, ideally, use one of them consistently).

I've found that sometimes there's a grammatical reason when things sound strange (rules we've internalized but forgotten). In this case, I'm not finding one.


Barb

-----Original Message-----
From: Milan Davidovic [mailto:milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013 4:00 PM
To: Barbara Philbrick
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Perform vs. do

On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Barbara Philbrick <caslon -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
> Our writing group is trying to decide if we should start using "do" instead of "perform" for lead-in statements to procedures.

How did this come up?

--Milan Davidovic

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Re: Agile Environment Opinions Wanted: From: Jen
Perform vs. do: From: Barbara Philbrick
Re: Perform vs. do: From: Milan Davidović

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