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I'm writing a scientific thesis in English but I'm not a native speaker.
I think this sentence is correct, but I am not sure (that's why I ask this here rather than in "Writing") and I think it does not look nice. I am also not sure when I should use which tense. Especially when writing about an experiment I did in the past.

Can someone come up with a nicer way of writing it in an academic style?

The poured amount is then checked if it is above zero before being added to the trajectory list.

(For more background what this sentence is about: The poured amount in this case is a variable in a program. Obviously it should be above zero, but in case there is an error of some sort its value is checked just to be sure it's really above zero.)

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    On the question's face value, the poured amount would be better as the amount poured. But logically how can the amount poured be less than zero, unless it flows back into the flask/jug? Did you mean to say "the temperature of the amount poured" is above zero? – Weather Vane Jun 19 '18 at 20:13
  • @WeatherVane It can be below zero if there is a mistake of some sort - this is an error check. "The poured amount" is actually a variable in a program. – Cold_Class Jun 19 '18 at 20:17
  • "If the computed amount poured is above zero it is added to the trajectory list, otherwise it is a false result, and ignored." – Weather Vane Jun 19 '18 at 20:24
  • @WeatherVane I love this! I'd accept it if you post this as an answer :) – Cold_Class Jun 19 '18 at 20:30
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The sentence could be written as

If the computed amount poured is above zero it is added to the trajectory list, otherwise it is a false result, and ignored.

Please note I also reversed the order of "poured amount" to "amount poured" to be more idiomatic.

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