I'm writing a company guide about the programming interface that is created. English is not my native language and I am having difficulties creating a statement.

It is strongly advised to use the UoM as good practice method when working with Autodesk Inventor value conversion operations and more.

UoM is short for Units of Measure, defined earlier in the guide.

I'm getting the feeling that the section about using UoM as "good practice" is not read easy but forced.


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best practice is defined as a working method or set of working methods that is officially accepted as being the best to use in a particular business or industry, usually described formally and in detail. In some business areas (particularly medicine), the term good practice is also used.

I have adapted your sentence to make it more understandable to lay people:

It is strongly advised to use a dictionary as good practice method when writing.

Here are four more conventional ways of expressing this advice:

Best/good practice is to use a dictionary when writing.
It is strongly advised to use a dictionary when writing.
Using a dictionary when writing is recommended as good practice
When writing, using a dictionary is recommended as good practice

  • it's overkill to use both good/best practice and it is strongly advised.

  • good practice and best practice are normally used on its own, without method.

For more examples of usage of the expression good practice, check this link.


There is a set phrase "best practice" which refers to the consensus opinion within an industry or organization regarding the optimal way to do something.

When working with Autodesk Inventor, best practice is to use the UoM defined earlier in this guide.

  • I think you should say "the best practice"
    – eques
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:01
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    "the best practice" is not "best practice", sorry. You are mistaken. google.com/…
    – TimR
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:06
  • rebuttal: google.com/…
    – eques
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:12
  • FYI, I'm a native speaker and your sentence as such sounds odd without the article. If you look at some of the sentences in your google link, they are using "best practice" is a slightly different use, e.g "promoting best practice" which is not using "best practice" as a specific instance noun the way your sentence does
    – eques
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:14
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    When it is used as a set phrase/term of trade, "best practice" is not accompanied by the article, just as "good practice" is often used without an article: "It's good practice to look before you leap."
    – TimR
    Dec 5, 2016 at 17:12

You could go with "as a good practice". By using the article "a" you tend not to force the decision but give it as one of the things that can be used as a best practice to work with Autodesk Inventor value conversion etc. Moreover you can omit the word method because it might be understood that the UoM is a method.(in programming terms) .

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    Please edit your answer to explain why this is correct. Answers without explanation don't teach the pattern of English language well.
    – Glorfindel
    Dec 5, 2016 at 15:43
  • Your edits have much improved your answer - I think it would be even better if you wrote out the entire sentence to show how your suggestions work together.
    – ColleenV
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:17

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