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7 Technical Writing FlashCards

Group: Technical Writing


Topic: Grammar

Tip: a versus an

a
not any particular or certain one; a certain; another; one;

"He is a Delphi programmer."
 

an
the form of "a" before an initial vowel

"He is an ObjectPAL programmer."

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101960, KB Topic: Grammar
Tip: Hung versus Hanged

Use "hung" for things and longer durations. Use "hanged" for people and shorter durations.

Examples:

"I hung a picture on the wall."

"He hung a deer on a tree for butchering."

"Felicia and Ashley hung out last night."

"Horse theives were hanged in the 19th century."

"The terrorist was hanged and his corpse was hung on the tree."

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101982, KB Topic: Grammar
Tip: Its vs. it's

"It's" always means "it is."

"It's," unlike pretty much all other words with an apostrophe and an "s", does not ever indicate a possessive.

"Its" is the possessive, strangely enough.

"It's a good program.": The same as "It is a good program."

"It's features are impressive.": The same as "It is features are impressive," which is wrong.

"Its features are impressive.": Correct!

Posted By Julia Bertschinger, Post #102086, KB Topic: Grammar
Tip: then versus than

then
adverb - at that time; adjective - being; noun - that time

"Create the database, then start the prototype."

than
in relation to; by comparison with

"Delphi 6 is a better product than Visual Basic 6."

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101959, KB Topic: Grammar
Tip: who versus whom
"him" is for "whom" and "he" is for "who" Who is coding that requirement? (He is coding it.) To whom do we ask about this requirement? (We ask him.)
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100810, KB Topic: Grammar



Topic: Spelling Pitfalls

Tip: "a lot" and "allot"

a lot, not alot
to a very great degree or extent

"John is a lot better programmer than Dave."
 

allot
to divide or distribute by share or portion

"I am going to allot you half the analysis."

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101958, KB Topic: Spelling Pitfalls
Tip: Quit, Quiet, Quite
  • Quit: to stop, cease, or discontinue
  • Quiet: making no noise
  • Quite: completely, wholly, or entirely
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101866, KB Topic: Spelling Pitfalls
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