Re: causals, imperatives, and other questions

Subject: Re: causals, imperatives, and other questions
From: Sally Marquigny <SALLYM -at- MSMAILHQ -dot- NETIMAGE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 1994 13:49:00 PDT

**My answers preceded by asterisks.

1. _Because_ is best at showing a causal relationship, but
is _since_ ever appropriate in technical writing? What
about this sentence, which I think is showing a condition:

Since/Because water is always in the process of dissolving
or depositing solids, potential scale formation must be
continuously addressed.

**No difference between the two.

2. Is _having_ stronger or better in this phrase, and if so, why?

wells with scaling tendencies
wells having scaling tendencies

**_having_ is weaker--not as concise. Also a bit too alliterative with

3. Are hyphens needed in these class names when the noun "scale"
is not present, as in this example:

Scale types can be divided roughly into three classes:
- Water soluble
- Acid soluble
- Acid insoluble


4. Last but not least--Is the comma necessary/unnecessary or
recommended/not recommended when two imperative statements
are joined?

Keep this in mind when recommending Product and make the
operator aware of this characteristic.

**Yes unless the two imperatives are short, e.g., Sit down and shut up. ;)

**Hope you win the battles!

Sally Marquigny Network Imaging Systems
sallym -at- msmailhq -dot- netimage -dot- com Herndon, VA

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