Hi MH

Please comment on the following sentences:

"As of November 21, actual progress was 18 percent complete, while the schedule indicates a progress percentage of 25 percent."

It just doesn't sound OK when I read aloud. Any suggestion?

"You should take immediate action - under section 3.10.4 of the Supplementary Conditions of Contract - to improve the construction progress."

Is hypen necessary?

Thanks in advance.

Regards

Ed
Hello Ed73

I think the problem may be that 'progress' by its nature can't be 'complete', so there's a faint incongruity in saying 'progress was 18% complete'. You progress towards completion of a given task or project.

Would something like this suit your context?

"As of November 21, the project was 18% complete. However, the schedule requires 25% completion by this date."

In your second example, I would say no 'hyphens' (i.e. dashes) or commas:

"You should take immediate action under section 3.10.4 of the Supplementary Conditions of Contract to improve the construction progress."

Is 'progress' indeed the word you wanted here?

MrP
Thanks MrP. Yes, the word 'progress' is what I wanted.

The words 'actual progress' is referred here as the actual amount of work that has been done - measured in percentage. I think he word 'project' will be too general. What about the following:

"I have reviewed the actual work progress against your submitted project schedule, and have noticed that the construction is significantly behind schedule. As of November 21, the actual work progress was 18% complete, while the progress schedule requires 25% completion by this date."

What do you think?

Ed
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Hello Ed

Fair enough.

Perhaps:

"I have reviewed the actual progress in the work against your submitted project schedule, and have noticed that [the] construction is significantly behind schedule. As of November 21, the work was 18% complete, while the progress schedule requires 25% completion by this date."

I'm still not sure that 'progress' can ever be said to be 'X% complete', as I mentioned in my previous post, so have changed it slightly, but you may prefer to keep your original wording!

Sometimes 'construction' doesn't need a definite article. It's not clear whether that's the case here, so I've put 'the' in square brackets.

MrP