By Robert E. Berger

ISBN-10: 1118832523

ISBN-13: 9781118832523

A medical method of WRITING

Technical principles should be reliable or maybe groundbreaking, but when those principles can't be in actual fact communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for study investment, articles submitted to medical journals, and company plans to commercialize technology—are more likely to reject the argument for advancing those ideas.

The challenge is that many engineers and scientists, fullyyt ok with the common sense and ideas of arithmetic and technology, deal with writing as though it possesses none of those attributes. The absence of a scientific framework for writing frequently leads to sentences which are tough to stick to or arguments that depart reviewers scratching their heads.

This booklet fixes that challenge by way of offering a “scientific” method of writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an strategy in accordance with an easily-discernable set of ideas. instead of in simple terms declaring ideas for English grammar and composition, this e-book explains the explanations in the back of those principles and exhibits that sturdy purposes can advisor each writing decision.

This source is usually well matched for the turning out to be variety of scientists and engineers within the U.S. and somewhere else who converse English as a moment language, in addition to for a person else who simply desires to be understood.

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How closely is the clause related to the main clause? (In English grammar books, the last question often is accompanied by another: Should the clause be preceded by a distinct pause in reading? ) Note that none of the above questions can be answered by yes or no. Their answers are matters of degree: •• To the extent that the clause is essential, restricts, or is closely related to the main clause, a comma is not needed. •• To the extent that the clause is less essential, less restrictive, and less closely related to the main clause—that is, more of a “by the way” type of remark—a comma is needed.

Like the core and the first qualifier, the second qualifier also contains adjectives and a prepositional phrase. We will continue to use the above sentence with the two qualifiers as a sample sentence as we introduce additional concepts. Using our Qualifier/Core terminology, the sample sentence can be presented schematically as follows: As the surface temperature of the coolant increases, [Qualifier 1] the control system slows the operation of the power electronic devices, [Core] in order that the safe operating temperature of the silicon semiconductor material is not exceeded.

In the subject, the article and the noun together constitute a noun phrase (see box). Definition: Noun Phrase A noun phrase consists of a noun—a person, place, or thing—along with all articles and adjectives that precede it. Thus, the following expressions are noun phrases: • The system (an article and a noun). • The control system (an article, an adjective, and a noun); adjectives are discussed below. • The temperature control system (an article, two adjectives, and a noun). • The high-temperature control system (an article, an adverb, two adjectives, and a noun); adverbs are discussed in Chapter 12, along with reasons for using the hyphen.

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