A technical writer can use the toolkit to prepare stock phrases for a particular topic (for example on a description of lubrication chart for a new gear developed by a company).
Identify the headwords (gear, lubrication, lubricate). In general, a writer should have an idea of the paragraph to be written and know the main noun (we call it a headword), but may not have a ready list of appropriate adjectives and modifying nouns in mind. This is where the toolkit steps in.
Identify the correct use of various word pairs based on their formulae.
|ADJ + gear||Various adjectives associated with a gear—to describe various types of gears, condition of gears, etc.|
|gear + N||Nouns which follow the word ‘gear’.
Example: gear shift (AmE), gear stick (BrE)
|P||Phrases in which the word ‘gear’ appears.
Example: backlash in a gear
|P P||Prepositional phrases in which the word ‘gear’ appears.
Example: in top gear (right)
on top gear (wrong)
|V + gear||What verbs are commonly associated with ‘gear’ and their correct usage as an incorrect verb would change the meaning of the sentence.
Example: Opposite action is described by using the antonyms ‘engage gear’ and ‘disengage gear’.