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Technical Writing for Environmental Engineers by Emily Coolidge Toker, Joan Giblin

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CHAPTER 4

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Grammar has a bad reputation of being boring, tedious, and traditional, but, really, it is standardized grammar and spelling that allows people to efficiently communicate ideas with professionalism and nuance. This section covers all the basics, which, once mastered, can be used to manipulate and wield written communication effectively. It is worth mastering these grammatical principles: a grammatically incorrect sentence will confuse the reader, while a misplaced apostrophe or semicolon can make a writer look careless or ignorant. Using correct grammar will help ensure that the meaning is clear, and will communicate that the author is a detail-oriented professional.

This chapter begins with a review ...

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