Clarity is everything. Good that you understood. Good that the grammar and vocabulary used by the author are fine. But think of the poor readers. They may not be as well read as you. And, most importantly, the first and really the only rule of thumb while editing is that, the text should be such that a trained eye, a good reader does not have to go back to gather the sense: the flow should be swift and unimpeded.

 

In the case below, I prefer since though most others go for because. Many people associate “since” only with the sense of “depuis“, that is, they take it only in a temporal sense, hence the latter preference. For me, one of my idiosyncrasies as every editor should have, “because” is more like you are avowing something, confessing something, making a clean breast of something.

 

In the case of the 1946-47 Soviet famine, one must start by tracing the roots of the poor 1946 harvest, for subsequent government actions … were … a reaction to poor harvest yields and the resulting scarcity of grain.

 

changed to

 

In the case of the 1946-47 Soviet famine, one must start by tracing the roots of the poor 1946 harvest, since/because subsequent government actions … were … a reaction to poor harvest yields and the resulting scarcity of grain.

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