I am working on my thesis and included is a subsection in which I describe how a part of a class of my program handles the task I have been assigned for the thesis.

To give you an idea of what the structure of the table of contents looks like:

4.2 IntegrityChecker class

4.2.1 Handling of Task 1

4.2.2 Handling of Task 2

[... etc]

Someone told me the "of" in the subsection title could possibly be redundant.

Is this true? Would "Handling Task 1" be better? Or possibly "The handling of Task 1"?

  • 'Handling' sounds a little informal to my ears. 'Implementation' is more formal. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 24 '15 at 8:59
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    Just because you can get rid of a word, it doesn't mean that you should. I think it's better with the of. – Peter Shor Nov 21 '15 at 12:19
  • @PeterShor Alternatively, the OP could improve the ToC by removing Handling of altogether, depending on the actual wording of each Task n. – Lawrence Dec 21 '15 at 14:33
  • Task 1 Handler, Task 2 Handler? – dave May 19 '16 at 19:26

The 'of' reduces the chance of confusion, as it's clear this means that it is how to handle task 1, whereas the handling task 1 could mean it's a task about handling (such as a manual labour task).

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