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This is easily fixed: The tone-detector circuit, which was built of analog devices, was too unreliable to be used in our telephone answering device. Unclear Pronouns When you use a pronoun in your writing, it is commonly assumed that you are referring to whatever noun or nouns come just before it in the sentence. Thus, The promotion was given to Vicky, who really deserved it, is perfectly clear: The who 26 Chapter 2 Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing refers to Vicky. Sometimes we get careless though, especially with the pronouns this and that, their plurals, and which and it.
M. M. M. Restrictive: An employee can expect a lot of challenges during his career here. Inclusive: Employees can expect a lot of challenges during their careers here. Restrictive: Every technician must wear safety glasses when he enters the work area. Inclusive: Technicians must wear safety glasses when entering the work area. Most nouns indicating gender in English have already been modified to be inclusive. A recent dictionary can guide you here. One title that still sneaks through, however, especially in organizations traditionally dominated by males, is chairman.
S. households had VCRs by the end of the decade. In your formal engineering writing you would do well to avoid incomplete sentences. They can usually be quite easily remedied, as you can see. Here’s another example: Fragment: Delays in the October shipments have occurred. Due to the strike. Complete: Delays in the October shipments have occurred due to the strike. Better: The strike has delayed the October 6 shipments. or The October 6 shipments have been delayed by the strike. Active or Passive Voice?