Fewer Gerunds

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    A gerund is a verb form that ends in -ing and acts as a noun. In technical documentation, avoid gerunds in prepositional phrases — this will make your instructions easier to understand.

    Fewer Gerunds Important

    Avoid gerund participles (which are also called present participles) in prepositional phrases as well. The difference between a gerund and a participle is that a participle is a verb form that ends in -ing and acts as an adjective.

    To learn more about gerunds, see this Grammarly article. To learn more about participles, see this Grammarly article.

    Examples

    1. After installing Veeam Backup & Replication, all you must do is add ESXi hosts that you want to back up.

    After you install Veeam Backup & Replication, all you must do is add ESXi hosts that you want to back up.

    1. Before running a failover plan, you can use an isolated VAO virtual lab to test the entire plan.

    Before you run a failover plan, you can use an isolated VAO virtual lab to test the entire plan.

    1. Working with vSphere Self-Service Backup Portal, Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager administrators and tenants have different sets of tasks.

    Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager administrators and tenants who work with the vSphere Self-Service Backup Portal have different sets of tasks.