avoid use and then, then in formal written English?

redot

Senior Member
Chinese
Is it true that in formal English (for example techincal report), we usually avoid to use:

then,

and then

in a sentence?
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    That seems like far too general a statement, redot. Do you have a specific example of a sentence using "then" or "and then" that you feel might be too informal for a technical report?
     

    redot

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Yes, acutally I am writing a technical report. One reviewer says : You need change "and then", "then" every where in your text, and avoid use it, reason: not formal

    I don't think so.

    I often use 'and then' to tell steps or procedure, for example:

    First, next, and then, finally...

    We first ... , and then, ... next, ... finally.

    or

    Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, and then finally....

    Seems to me, they are ok in report, am I right?

    Could you confirm me?
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    It would help to have a complete sentence as an example, rather than
    I often use 'and then' to tell steps or procedure, for example:

    We first ... , and then, ... next, ... finally.
     

    redot

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    The idea of this method consists in grouping a set of “small” cells on multiple layers, and then in computing ....
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    That's not a complete sentence, but it is a normal use of "then", and cannot possibly be described as "not formal".
     

    redot

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thanks Andygc for confirmation.

    But when 'then' or 'and then' is considered as not formal in report?
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Thanks Andygc for confirmation.

    But when 'then' or 'and then' is considered as not formal in report?
    I haven't the faintest idea. I thought you would provide an example of one of the sentences your reviewer objected to, so that we could see where the problem arose. We've seen nothing so far which would justify the reviewer's comment.
     

    redot

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Actually, for all sentences with 'and then', the reviewer sugguest : delete

    I have no idea neither. :(
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top