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I am writing a somewhat technical book about construction, and sometimes I want to say "we will talk about this term soon" etc... Can I say "talk about"? Or I must say discuss etc...? I ask because this is a book, nobody is talking... Everything is written. The more I think about it, the more I am confused. Although at first, I used it without hesitation.

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  • To me it’s a question of style—especially the extent to which you want to interact with the reader; when you say “we,” do you mean yourself and possible co-authors, or you and the reader? – Xanne Jun 23 '20 at 9:23
  • just me. i write this alone – user3600630 Jun 23 '20 at 9:49
  • Then you can say I, or the book, will talk about. Or you can use we. But you should be consistent. – Xanne Jun 23 '20 at 9:59
  • we use we generally in technical texts like that. so that part is ok. my question was if "talk about" is ok or not. seems like it is. – user3600630 Jun 23 '20 at 12:47
  • Talk or discuss aside, why would you mention a term in the first place before you actually use it? And why say that you will talk about it or discuss it ahead of time? – Jason Bassford Jun 23 '20 at 12:53

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