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C Number #4: Correctness

When writers refer to “correctness,” they usually mean the ability to use word choice, grammar, and punctuation according to the conventions of standard English. While we will return to these areas in Section 12 , you should know that many writers mistakenly view mere correctness as their only goal in technical writing. Often even professional writers reveal their obsessions with the proper use of the comma or the ways to avoid dangling modifiers.

Yet you are far more than a comma clerk. You already know most of the conventions of standard English. Your goal must now be to move beyond the level of basic literacy and discover how to communicate complex information.


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