(In technical writing)

I often find myself describing a problem over the course of a few sentences or paragraphs, then starting the next sentence with something to the effect, "To fix this..." or "In remedy..."

But this is awkward wording. Is there a better way of saying this?

  • By saying "is there a better conjunctive adverb for this?", you are implying that the expressions "to fix this" and "in remedy" are themselves 'conjunctive adverbs. Can you explain your rationale for thinking this? – BillJ Jul 10 '17 at 18:37
  • Yes, that is what I implied. I guess this is wrong? I tried to find the best description of these words which are used to start a sentence, and link it to a previous thought. I edited the question (removing references to "conjunctive adverbs" to simplify it) – jessexknight Jul 10 '17 at 18:56
  • Alternatively, addressing your question with the word 'addressing' might be an option. – Tom22 Jul 10 '17 at 19:25
  • "solving the problem", "solves the problem" or "The/one/our solution" are other similar approaches. ('cure', 'removes', 'restores' etc are possible others).. there are almost too many for an answer... – Tom22 Jul 10 '17 at 19:30
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    My model is 1. Executive Summary stating the recommendation (i.e. the answer). 2. Problem statement just the facts, no history. 3. Impact of doing nothing why exert effort if the situation is no worse in a year?. 4. Alternatives considered but rejected with pros & cons. 5. Recommended solution with pros, cons and risk containment for the cons. 6. Next steps here is how you implement the recommendation. – MikeJRamsey56 Jul 10 '17 at 20:35

From the perspective of someone who uses technical documentation, your wording is fine. It may seem awkward to you as a writer, but for the reader in search of usable information, simple and consistent phrasing is a big help.

If you can consistently summarize a problem in a few sentences, and transition to a clear solution with a simple "To fix this", you're already in the top 10% of technical writers.

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  • +1 for noting that saying "to fix this" or similar is a valid introduction to a solution. – Lawrence Jul 10 '17 at 22:44

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