Discussion number 2

Discussion number 2


Discussionnumber 2

DiscussionNumber 2

Question1: The meaning of ethos

Ethosrefers to the ethical issues that define one’s disposition or thatof a community (Demirdöğen, 2010). Ethos can also be thefundamental aspects of a culture or a person that influences theirbeliefs, practices, and customs. Professor Lay used the word ‘ethos’to refer to the ethical and conventional basis of the contents of theanalysis and possibly the conclusions.

Question2: The phrase “consistent use of figures needed” means that allanalysis has follow authentic figures that in coherence with theexplanations. Professor wants the students to revise the sentence byincluding more figures in the analysis. The rule of writing numbersin a document is to italicize and possibly cite the source if it isanalysis.

Question3: A comma splice in writing refers to using a comma to join twoindependent phrases or clauses as one complete sentence. Theprofessor indicated “comma splice” to remind the student that thephrases were supposed to be separated by a comma. The correctversion of the sentence is as follows: Although it has a formaltone, this business proposal still matches the requirements for ourdefinition of technical writing.

Question4: There are specific features of this writing that make it suitablefor a technical writing class. First, it is concise andstraightforward. Secondly, the writer uses direct language thatpinpoints facts rather than just eloquence. The writer was keen ondetails and providing information. Finally, it is structured. Theaudience can find different information from specific paragraphs ofthe writing.

AmyMatsumoto’s explanations and corrections are correct and agreeable.Her definition of ethos and response to questions shows that sheunderstands technical writing aspects. The discussion is very helpfulin understanding the analytical report because it is a form oftechnical writing.


Demirdöğen,Ü. D. (2010). The roots of research in (political) persuasion:Ethos, pathos, logos and the Yale studies of persuasivecommunications. InternationalJournal of Social Inquiry,3(1),189-201.