Objectivity in Technical Communication
Which words are subjective in following sentence? "Wash your hands often."
both "often" and "wash"
Which sentence is less subjective than the other sentence?
Turn the toaster over.
Turn the toaster so that the toast slots face the floor.
Which subjective word in this sentence can we clarify? "Sand the wood until it is smooth."
Which is a better clarification of "clean" in "Dry your hands on a clean towel"?
Dry your hands on a new towel.
Dry your hands on a freshly washed towel.
Dry your hands on a towel that no one else has used.
We must clarify all adjectives and adverbs in technical documentation.
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