Technical Editing:
Style: Verbs and Other Words — Rude 16

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  1. What is wrong with the following sentence: Prolonged use of the battery can cause it to become drained of its energy?
    The verb does not express the main action.
    There is action in the verb.
    Passive voice is used inappropriately.
    Nominalizations, "cause" and "drained," are used.
  2. How could you rewrite it?
    Prolonged use of the battery can cause the battery to drain itself of energy.
    Prolonged use of the battery can drain its energy.
    Use of the battery causes a drain of its of energy.
    Prolonged use of the battery can cause the battery to drain.
  3. What is wrong with this sentence: The report shows a recommendation toward simple, cost-effective advertising with the aid of either an advertising agency or an account executive from a media service?
    There is no action in the verb.
    There is action in the verb.
    Passive voice is used inappropriately.
    A nominalization, "recommendation," is used.
  4. How could you rewrite it?
    The report shows that simple, cost-effective advertising works.
    The report recommends simple, cost-effective advertising. . . .
    The report shows a recommendation toward more cost-effective advertising. . . .
    Simple cost-effective advertising is recommended . . . .
  5. What is wrong with this sentence: Further research needs to be done of the project?
    There is no action in the verb.
    A weak verb is used.
    There is no verb.
    There is action in the verb.
  6. How could you rewrite it?
    This project requires more research.
    Further research is entailed for this project.
    This project is entailed by further research.
    Further research needs to be conducted for this project.
  7. What is main weakness of this sentence: The report was written collaboratively by three engineers?
    The action is not expressed in the verb.
    A weak verb is used.
    Passive voice is used inappropriately.
    A nominalization, "engineers," is used.
  8. How could you rewrite it?
    The report was collaboratively written by three engineers.
    Three engineers wrote the report collaboratively.
    The collaborative method was used by the three engineers to write the report.
  9. Which of these sentences is written in the passive voice?
    The report was informative but too long.
    The engineers have sent the report to the editors.
    The report has been shortened by three pages.
    The Green Bay Packers won by 6 points.
  10. What's one reason the passive voice can be preferable to the active voice?
    Never.
    When the recipient of the action is more important than the initiator of the action.
    When the subject of the action is more important than the initiator of the action.
    Occasionally, to add variety of sentence type and length to a document.
  11. Which of these contains the most concrete phrase?
    External data storage device
    Storage device for huge amount of data
    500-gigabyte storage device
    External hard drive
  12. Which of these contains the most concrete phrase?
    A period of unfavorable weather
    0.25 rainfall
    Rainy weather
    Unusual weather
  13. Which is the preferred word choice?
    Use
    Utilize
  14. When encountering an ambiguous sentence that needs a style revision, what should you do?
    Make the style change.
    Make the style change, and then show the writer.
    Explain the problem to the writer, and then recommend a revision.
    Explain the problem to the writer, and then make the revision.
  15. One way to achieve conciseness is to use
    Use only simple words.
    Avoid qualifiers.
    Avoid using examples.
    Use strong subjects and verbs early in the sentence.
    Avoid using subordinate clauses.
  16. Why should you attempt to edit text for neutral, non-discriminatory language?
    It makes the text clearer.
    Discriminatory language creates noise that may block comprehension.
    You are compelled by law to do so.
    It is not necessary to do so.
  17. Which of the following is the best revision of the following sentence: There must be thorough preparation of the specimens carried out by laboratory personnel?
    Laboratory personnel must thoroughly prepare the specimens.
    The specimens must be thoroughly prepared by laboratory personnel.
    Thorough preparation of the speciems must be carried out by laboratory personnel.
    Thorough specimen preparation must be done by laboratory personnel.
  18. In the preceding sentence to be revised, the word "preparation" is an example of which of the following?
    Passive voice
    Nominalization
    Sexist language
    A redundant pair
  19. The easiest way around the problem in this sentence: When a nurse visits a patient in the home, she must carefully document her observations and actions?
    When a nurse visits a patient in the home, they must carefully document their observations and actions.
    When the nurse visits a patient in the home, they must carefully document their observations and actions.
    When nurses visit a patient in the home, they must carefully document their observations and actions.
    When nurses visit a patient in the home, she or he must carefully document her or his observation and actions.
  20. Which of the following is the problem with the original sentence in the preceding?
    Passive voice
    Nominalization
    Sexist language
    Pronoun-antecedent agreement
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