Here I've created three simple examples of STE, to give an idea of its concepts:

Example 1

How does one write the simple instruction ‘locate the pin in the . . .’ ?
In place of locate, one can write mount, fit, set, place, position, put etc. Five different authors of this single instruction are likely to use 5 different verbs. In Simplified English you can ONLY use the word ‘put’.

Example 2

The word ‘back’ has many meanings in English, and can be used as a noun, verb, adverb and adjective. In the STE dictionary, back appears only as an adverb (and as a noun only if referring to the human body), therefore:

You can write, “Put back the lever” (adverb)
You must not write, “back the vehicle” (verb)
You must not write, “the back of the object” (noun)
You must not write, “the back button” (adjective)

Example 3

‘Replace’, in STE, always means: “to remove the original object and put a new one in its place”.
It never means: “to put back the original object”.




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