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Check if or check that? Or: Have you tried turning if off and on again?

How often do we read or write that we should check something? Example: "Check if the computer is connected to power." Clear message, no misunderstanding. But what if it says: "Check that the computer is connected to power." more ...

Ten questions for Ines Lasch, intern at parson

Ines Lasch just finished her vocational training as a technical writer and is doing an eight-week internship at parson. We asked her ten questions. more ...

Vocational Training for Technical Communicators. How Does it Work?

Anja Schiel, trainee, and Ulrike Parson, CEO of parson AG, offer their insights into the vocational training for technical communicators. more ...

Make Technical Documentation Intelligent - From Content Management to Content Delivery

In this article, Martin Kreutzer and Ulrike Parson describe how you fill content-delivery portals with intelligent information so that users quickly get the right answers to their questions. more ...

parson's mentoring program

You sent the job application and the interview went well. Now comes your first day at work. Everything is strange: colleagues whose names you immediately forget, business processes, the ERP system. Even the coffee machine doesn't work right away. And where was that meeting room again? more ...

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This is just one of the mistakes we Germans sometimes make in English. Others are: We drank two beer. That are good news.

Don't worry. We always drink two beers. Or better: two glasses of beer. And that is good news or bad news.

But technical writers are far from being perfect. Every day, we fight the little grammar gremlins that sneak in and stick like chewing gum on the shoe sole.

Current example: training. We offer in-house trainings, I recently read. Training, however, is one of these uncountable words, just like information, advice, or luggage.

I guess it's tempting for German speakers to add -s to training. The correct way is: We offer in-house training. We could also offer in-house training events.

The Merriam Webster Learner 's Dictionary provides more examples:

  • The job requires special training.
  • She owes her flexibility to her early training as a dancer .
  • He received training in first aid.

More at http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/training.

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