By David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey
Written for engineers, this e-book presents greater than technical knowledge and makes a speciality of the right way to be an efficient communicator. This re-creation is helping to cast off the system faults that journey up the busy reader or listener, inflicting annoyance, confusion, or misunderstanding—so that their writing and speech are crystal transparent. this article additionally makes a speciality of the technical writing and talking concerns encountered in each day paintings, writing reviews, company letter, memoranda, proposals, emails, shows, and extra. the recent version comprises new insurance of social media, together with insurance of well known varieties, top practices, hazards and ethics of utilizing social media, and accelerated insurance of casual communique.
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With this caution in mind, dashes are helpful for the following purposes: Emphasis: Summary: Insertion: Staying up all night to ﬁnish a lab project is not so terrible— —once in a while. Reading all warnings, wearing safety glasses and hardhats, and avoiding hot materials— —all these practices are crucial to sensible workshop procedure. My opinion— —whether you want to hear it or not— —is that the drill does not meet the speciﬁcations promised by our supplier. Notice the em dash touches the letters at each end of it.
Some countries use periods as decimal markers. 978 can all mean different things in different parts of the world. 10. Form the plural of a numeral by adding an s, with no apostrophe. Make a written number plural by adding s, es, or by dropping the y and adding ies: 80s nines fours 1920s sixes nineties 11. Place a zero before the decimal point for numbers less than one. Omit all trailing zeros unless they are needed to indicate precision. M. Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing 12. Write fractions as numerals when they are joined by a whole number.
Semicolons may be disappearing from engineering writing because people feel less conﬁdent using them. Perhaps less noise seems to result from using a comma or a period and new sentence, as in the examples above. Note this pair of sentences: Punctuation problem: The energy efﬁciency of the CHIP House makes it stand out on its own, however, its smart features move it beyond the typical green-conscious home. Revision: The energy efﬁciency of the CHIP House makes it stand out on its own; however, its smart features move it beyond the typical green-conscious home.
A Guide to Writing as an Engineer (4th Edition) by David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey