figure captions - the way to describe


When I am describing a figure caption in a technical paper, I think it should be concise. So what should I say if I am describing a poly line whose irregularities are preserved by the technique that we adopted. So, if I write:

  1. A poly line edge having preserved major irregularities
  2. A poly line edge with preserved major irregularities

What would be most appropriate?


Posted 2013-10-03T00:05:04.580

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I'd say that they are equally appropriate – akkatracker – 2013-10-03T02:48:14.213

I think you could also move preserved to the end. – snailplane – 2013-10-03T09:29:06.180

@snailboat: that mean => A poly line edge "having" major irregularities "preserved" – gnp – 2013-10-03T13:17:55.387

1I'd prefer “with” or “that has”. “Having” sounds incorrect, probably due to tense mismatch with “preserved” (present progressive vs. simple past). – Tyler James Young – 2013-10-03T17:53:54.907

I'm aware that “preserved” is functioning as an adjective here, but if you'll forgive my non-technical description I think my point still stands. – Tyler James Young – 2013-10-03T18:18:45.067

Technique to preserve poly line irregularities – anish – 2013-10-04T07:24:36.150

@Tyler James Young: sound good. that mean, A poly line edge "that has (or with)" major irregularities "preserved" – gnp – 2013-10-04T10:03:11.583



They are both grammatically correct.

However, when reading (and writing) technical papers, I am a big proponent of clear and concise wording. #2 sounds better, with Tyler James Young's suggestion of moving "preserved" to the end:

A poly line edge with major irregularities preserved.

Why use two syllables (having) when you can use one (with)? This says exactly what you need to say with no syllables wasted.


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