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Chapter 3. Writing Style > Common Writing Problems to Avoid

Common Writing Problems to Avoid

This section identifies words, phrases, constructions, and practices that often lead to abstract or unclear meaning, disjointed cadence, or unnatural and improper language usage.

Anthropomorphisms

Anthropomorphisms attribute human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects. Anthropomorphisms often creep into technical writing. Avoid using anthropomorphisms. Follow these guidelines:


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