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    for improvement

    To design forklift frames and render alternative designs for improvement.

    Hi,

    In the phrase above, is the usage of "for improvement" grammatical?
    I can't take any chances of being wrong because it'll go into somebody's resume.

    Thanks.

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    Re: for improvement

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    To design forklift frames and render alternative designs for improvement.

    Hi,

    In the phrase above, is the usage of "for improvement" grammatical?
    I can't take any chances of being wrong because it'll go into somebody's resume.

    Thanks.
    There's no point asking whether something's grammatical or not unless it's meant to be in the first place. This isn't a sentence; as you've identified, it's a phrase.
    Anyhow, it's consistent with belonging to a grammatical sentence. But what does it mean? There are issues of semantics and usage that are as important as grammar.

    Forgetting about grammar, it's not clear what you mean by "render alternative designs for improvement." Improvement of what?
    Doesn't designing forklift frames necessarily involve rendering alternative designs? At every step of the design, you'd be considering alternatives, otherwise you wouldn't be designing. And it probably goes without saying that you're not doing it to make the design worse.

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    Re: for improvement

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Doesn't designing forklift frames necessarily involve rendering alternative designs? At every step of the design, you'd be considering alternatives, otherwise you wouldn't be designing. And it probably goes without saying that you're not doing it to make the design worse.
    I can't agree with you more on your definition of "design".
    It's true that, like you said, designers, at every step of the design, always consider alternatives and those ideas definitely feed into their final design which will eventually be approved for production.

    However, it's certainly possible (at least at companies I know of) that a designer (in this case, a mechanical designing engineer) runs into a situation where he has to render alternatives to an initially approved design when requested by clients or in case of a change of plan through internal discussions.

    And I was simply asking, from that perspective, whether the phrase, especially with regard to the usage of "for improvement", was correct or not because I didn't think it sounded alright.

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    Re: for improvement

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    And I was simply asking, from that perspective, whether the phrase, especially with regard to the usage of "for improvement", was correct or not because I didn't think it sounded alright.
    Yes, well I gave you the long answer.
    The simple answer is that it would better to leave "for improvement" off.

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