Once again, I'm stuck in a situation where I want to say a material is more suitable for a part of the society, a group of people, readers, and so forth; however, this time, I want to solve the problem, once and forever. I want to say this both in a formal context and in an informal one. Furthermore, I want to express this in two ways. Let's keep it simple; to be more specific, given the following sentences, how could I fill the blank?

In this chapter we present a brief introduction to x, which ....

I'm dubious about these terms:

  • is most suited for non-experts
  • suits the non-experts better / the best.
  • is aimed at non-experts.

The ... of this chapter are non-experts.

  • aim group! [all right, maybe this is completely wrong, but I think there is something like that.]
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    You might want to check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_audience. Its use is not limited to marketing. Target readers is also common. – Damkerng T. Dec 26 '14 at 9:29
  • @DamkerngT. Thanks, yes, seems that "target reader" fits the second sentence. – mok Dec 26 '14 at 10:38
  • is most suited for non-experts sounds good to me. How about recommended or simply suitable? Also be targeted. You could use beginners or laymen to avoid the negation. – Formagella Dec 26 '14 at 15:10
  • Layperson/laypeople? – LawrenceC Dec 27 '14 at 0:29


In this chapter we present a brief introduction to x, for non-experts.

No 'which' necessary.


The target audience of this chapter is non-experts.

At this point I'd like to mention that 'non-experts' is somewhat clunky, as is the rest of the sentence. I'd suggest rewriting this sentence as:

Beginners are the target audience of this chapter.

You can replace 'beginners' with some other word representing your chosen group: 'amateurs' for a group that is minimally skilled (as opposed to 'professionals'), for example.

  • +1 for target audience. Indeed, I prefer not to change the style of the 1st sentence. – mok Dec 27 '14 at 17:18

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