From a magazine I just proofread:
"The archaeologist made a thorough documentation of the ruins and artifacts."
This sentence is grammatically correct but not well written. I object to the phrase "made a thorough documentation of." Why not just say "thoroughly documented"? That saves three words and is much more to the point. "Documentation" is a nominalization, which I rail against in my book and in one of my WD columns.
Please learn what nominalizations are and then please try to avoid them!
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