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Year : 2017 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 37-42

Technical Structures in Technical English

D Kanakadurga1*, K Manjula2


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D Kanakadurga*

Professor of English, OU (Retd.), Department of H & S, SIET, Hyderabad Telangana, India

  • 1. Professor of English, OU (Retd.), Department of H & S, SIET, Hyderabad Telangana, India
  • 2. Assistant Professor, M.V.S.R. Engineering College Nadergul, Hyderabad Telangana, India.

Received on: 1/6/2019

Revised on: 1/6/2019

Accepted on: 1/6/2019

Published on: 1/6/2019


At tertiary (Engineering Undergraduate) level of education, imparting of language - either as vocabulary or grammar - is often not considered vital on the assumption that the learners can derive the meaning of the word and the sentence from the context. Though the terminology and grammatical structures help in deducing the meaning, they equally account for the complexity in comprehension under the influence of the register. Hence, facilitating the learners to identify the nuances of grammatical structures used in the technical texts would not only aid in thorough comprehension, but also helps the learners to employ the same in their genre writing. Further, written communication of the fields requires great precision and clarity which demands the use of higher order thinking skills such as – organizing, synthesizing, analyzing, etc., in addition to coherence and cohesion which are needed in any composition. They can be achieved by employing accurate grammatical structures. The present study aims at exploring the use of grammatical structures such as tenses, modals, clauses, etc., in the technical texts.


Tertiary level education, Grammatical structures, Genre writing, English as Second Language (ESL), Higher order thinking skills and Register.