Simplified English

Madhukar Gogate mng1932 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Aug 6 09:47:29 UTC 2013

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Write "thru" instead of "through" etc etc << many English spelling reforms can be suggested. Following article does not tackle that
spelling issue. English is a world language, but many readers (whose mothertongue is different) may not be fluent enough. They
may not be interested in English literature etc. They would like to operate machines etc properly, without any accidents, and so on.
They have to write and read technical manuals (available only in English language) correctly, without any ambiguity and idioms.
I saw on Internet following (part mentioned here). Bcc to some (in August 2013). -- Madhukar N. Gogate ( 
How to Learn Simplified English
By Martin Cole, eHow Contributor 
Simplified English was created by the European Association of Aerospace Industries, formerly the AECMA, to produce maintenance manuals that could be understood by anyone who read them. It is effectively the English language condensed into the most necessary words and simplified so that each word has only one purpose and one definition. It allows those not fluent in English to understand the text more easily. 
	1. 	* 1 
Use only the words from the approved list of Simplified English words. A list is found on the "User Lab: Simplified English" document listed in "Resources."
	* 2 
Use words only as instructed on the list. For example "cross" is listed as a verb and can be used to say "I waited to cross the road." It cannot be used as a noun to say "She wore a cross around her neck.
	* 3 
Speak in the active voice. For example "The man saw the cat," rather than the passive "The cat was seen by the man."
	* 4 
Avoid omitting verbs to make the sentences shorter and easier to say. Say "Turn the dial to 5," not "Dial to 5."
	* 5 
Choose a word to convey what you are trying to say from the options given. Repeat this word throughout the text when trying to say the same thing. So if you use the word "limit" keep using it, rather than changing to "maximum" to say the same thing.
	* 6 
Use the single definition for each word; do not attempt to use a word for multiple definitions, even when correct in Standard English. For example, the definition of "follow" in Simplified English is "to come after," so do not use it to say "follow the rules," even though you would in Standard English.
	* 7 
Clarify when changing phrasing to write something in a shorter way. For example, if you write "the switch used to turn on the vacuum cleaner," add on "will be referred to as 'the vacuum switch' in this chapter."
	* 8 
Keep sentences a short as possible, with no more than 20 words. Begin each sentence with a connecting word so the relationship between two joining sentences is clear. It is acceptable to occasionally use the word "and" to start a sentence.
	* 9 
Make sure each paragraph contains only one topic. Restrict paragraphs to no more than six sentences.

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