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How should I say something like this?

The system I designed can remember the order of messages.

I think that remember doesn't suit this sentence. What word should I use?

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    What's wrong with it? Do you feel that systems shouldn't remember because they're not alive? – snailcar Sep 15 '13 at 21:23
  • No ! Just it seems incorrect to me . Now that you said that I feel better ! Thanks ! – aghArdeshir Sep 15 '13 at 21:29
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    "The system can store the order of messages" might work as an alternative depending on context. There's nothing particularly wrong with your sentence though. – Nigel Harper Sep 15 '13 at 21:40
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    you might use "keep track of". Or you might say something like, "The system I designed manages an ordered list of messages..." – Jim Sep 16 '13 at 2:27
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The problem many people have is keeping sentences like this direct and to the point, without a lot of meaningless "fluff". Simple, direct minimalism, especially in technical documentation, is a good thing.

To that end, I like this one:

The system I designed can maintain the order of the messages...

Direct and to the point.

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You can try one of the following :

  1. The system I designed keeps track of the order of the messages
  2. The system I designed stores the order of the messages
  3. The system I designed maintains the order of the messages
  4. The system I designed keeps the messages in order
  5. The system I designed looks after the order of the messages

and so on…

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This may not bear the same meaning that you intend, but you could try:

The system I designed retains the order of the messages.

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Try either of these:

The system I designed can retain the order of messages.
The system I designed has the ability to remember the order of messages.

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