A Technical Passage
A technical passage is written to describe a complex object or process. Technical writing is common in medical and technological fields, in which complex ideas of mathematics, science, and engineering need to be explained simply and clearly. To ease comprehension, a technical passage usually proceeds in a very logical order. Technical passages often have clear headings and subheadings, which are used to keep the reader oriented in the text. Additionally, you will find that these passages divide sections up with numbers or letters. Many technical passages look more like an outline than a piece of prose. The amount of jargon or difficult vocabulary will vary in a technical passage depending on the intended audience. As much as possible, technical passages try to avoid language that the reader will have to research in order to understand the message, yet readers will find that jargon cannot always be avoided.
A technical passage is a piece of writing used to describe a complex object or process. So that’s the main point of a technical passage: to describe a complex object or process. Because of that, a technical passage is always going to be non-fiction. Many times technical passages will relate to something in the medical or technological fields; I’m just going to abbreviate technological. So technical passages could be about many different types of fields, but generally things in the medical or technological fields are complex, so that’s why a lot of technical passages will relate to those fields. So the goal of an author when writing a technical passage is to state everything simply and clearly. In order to accomplish that goal, the author has several tactics he will often use to state everything simply and clearly. The first is by putting everything in a logical order. The second tactic is to use sub-headings and headings. And the third tactic is to use letters and numbers. That sounds very vague, but what I’m talking about here is by numbering the main points or using letters to separate sections of the paper. And because of using lots of subheadings and headings and letters and numbers, often times a passage will appear more like an outline than an actual piece of writing, but nevertheless that’s fine because the goal of the writer here is to describe the complex object or process simply and clearly, so that’s the important thing to pay attention to there. So just to review, a technical passage is for the purpose of describing a complex object or process. And everything needs to be stated simply and clearly, so the three tactics an author can use are logical order, subheadings and headings, and letters and numbers.
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