Blog

The parson mug prize draw #5. Congratulations to the winners

In which country was the parson mug photographed, we asked at the beginning of December. more ...

RDF is not XML – RDF serialization and iiRDS metadata

The world of technical writing loves XML. Its document type definitions are the foundation of structured authoring. XML and the underlying schemas structure the content of our information products. The benefits are twofold. Content is consistently structured and easy to read. Authors have an easier time writing the content. The structure provides guidelines for authoring. more ...

The parson mug prize draw #5

It is winter in Hamburg and Christmas is right around the corner. Meanwhile, the parson mug gets to enjoy the sun! more ...

How to become a technical writer – Confessions of a former translator

A former translator, I worked the first seven years of my professional life in the translation industry, in various positions. While I learned a lot from this experience, it also left me, as a writer, frustrated. Translators are chained to their source text and writing the words of others in another language, usually focusing on what their clients want. more ...

tekom impressions part 2: API documentation and the VUKA world

Daniela Herbold and Ulrike Parson write about better API documentation and solutions for innovative human resources management. more ...

Please send us the informations

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.

Add comment


  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • xing