By David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey
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Form the plural of a numeral by adding an s, with no apostrophe: 80s 1920s Make a written number plural by adding s, es, or by dropping the y and adding ies: nines sixes fours nineties 5. Place a zero before the decimal point for numbers less than one. Omit all trailing zeros unless they are needed to indicate precision. 40 tons Technical Usage 39 6. Write fractions as numerals when they are joined by a whole number. Connect the whole number and the fraction by a hyphen: 2-1/2 liters 32-2/3 km 7.
You are really loved by me. Am I somewhat loved by you? Perhaps the best policy is to use the active voice in your technical (and everyday) writing if it seems the most natural and efficient way to express yourself, assuming there is no company policy against its use. Don’t hesitate to write in the passive, however, if the circumstances seem to call for it or if the specifications for the document you are writing require it. Sentence Sense 31 Sexist Language Gender, or sex, is now only indicated in English by she/he, his/hers, her/him, and by a small group of words describing activities formerly pursued by one sex or the other, such as mailman, stewardess, chairman, or seamstress.
62 m 23 e/cm3 6 Wb/m2 Many people, including technically trained ones, still think in standard or English units of measurement, so sometimes you may find it advisable to give both referents in your writing. As with many other editorial matters, you can only make this decision after thinking of your readers’ needs. 08 cm (2 in) Make sure you use the correct symbol when referring to units of measurement, and remember that similar symbols may stand for more than one thing. A great deal of noise (or disaster) could result if you confused the following, for example: 40 Chapter 2 Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing ◦ C (degrees Celsius) C (coulomb—unit of electric charge) g (gram) G (gauss—measure of magnetic induction) m (thousandth) M (million) n (nano-) N newtons s (second—as in time) S (siemens—unit of conductance) Units of measurement derived from a person’s name usually are not capitalized, even if the abbreviation for the unit is.
A Guide to Writing as an Engineer by David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey