Re: Preferred Sentence Structure

Subject: Re: Preferred Sentence Structure
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2018 13:44:19 -0800

That sounds like maybe you got carried away by a tip on avoiding
passive voice. Infinitives have their place.

On the other hand, they can be a sign of unnecessary wordiness. I
don't think many people would take the terse "See <link>" as an

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 12:36 PM Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
> 25 years ago, when I had my introduction to technical writing in a
> technical writing course, I learned to avoid the "to be" sense and
> wound-up applying that to nearly every use of the word "to" and the
> future tense. Whether my instructor was right or wrong, the habit
> remained. I also look for ways to say things with the fewest words
> possible that convey all of the necessary information, like avoiding
> unnecessary repetition.
> Is it important for you to repeat "A." If "A" is a long title, will the
> duplicity help or hinder?
> Here, you can delete the word "to" and then fix your sentence. For
> example, "Learn more [at] A" or "See [A]" and leave out everything else.
> Here are my examples with your examples for comparison using this link
> represented by brackets:
> A: To learn more about The Constitution of the United States of America,
> see [The Constitution of the United States of America].
> B: See [The Constitution of the United States of America] to learn more
> about The Constitution of the United States of America.
> C: Learn more about [The Constitution of the United States of America].
> D: See [The Constitution of the United States of America].
> Perhaps you may want something that says "follow" [or click] this link."
> People are internet savvy now and can usually recognize that linked text
> provides more information about the text and do not need to be reminded
> to follow the link or that by following the link they will "learn more."
> There are example of "See [link]" here,
> Although many references on that page are self-referencing. Minor error...://
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