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Chapter 6. Concreteness > Use general language appropriately

Use general language appropriately

Technical discussions include both general language and specific language. Users benefit from overviews, summaries, and topic sentences, which typically include general language. However, you need to weed abstractions out of general statements, and specific language should probably predominate.

The usual form for paragraphs in technical writing is to proceed from the general to the specific (deduction) rather than from the specific to the general (induction). Writers of technical information tend to present a principle or general description and then particular cases or exceptions rather than deriving the general statement from the particulars.


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