Re: No Pretense About Tenses (Was everything else)

Subject: Re: No Pretense About Tenses (Was everything else)
From: "Robert B Kennedy" <bobbykennedy44 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 20:40:04 -0500

Last year I worked for one
of the largest newspapers...
no, it has the largest daily
circulation in the US
(not the NY Times).

When I began coordinating
work with the doc department
the Doc Mgr sternly told
me "Take these 'wills' out,
we never use Future here!"

If only life were always so simple...


Robert Kennedy
Technical Writer

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Hudson" <steve -at- wright -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 6:05 PM
Subject: RE: a question about verb tense/is or was?

> Well, so far as I know they are still arguing over whether to use shall or
> will :-)
> See, by stating the company WILL do things in that manner is strictly
> correct even if the company ISNT doING things in that manner. Its a means
> move forward to change. Admittedly 9001:2000 is a brand new rewrite I
> seen yet, and is supposed to address a whole stack of problems with the
> standard, but my ISO auditors, and ISO committee rep were very clear on
> then current style back in 96'ish.
> Steve Hudson
> Lead Technical Writer
> Wright Technologies (Aus)
> steve -at- www -dot- wright -dot- com -dot- au
> (612) 9518-1822
> The best way to predict the future... is to create it!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-techwr-l-62124 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-62124 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Pitt, Julie
> Sent: Friday, 23 March 2001 01:47
> Cc: 'steve -at- wright -dot- com -dot- au'
> Subject: RE: a question about verb tense/is or was?
> Steve Hudson wrote:
> <<I come from an ISO background, so ESPECIALLY in internal manuals, it is
> always more correct to use the future tense.>>
> As my sig indicates, I've got some ISO experience as well, and I can't
> anywhere in the standard (in this case, ISO 9001:2000) where future tense
> is called for in internal manuals. I've used the present tense pretty much
> everywhere -- we just tell how and when we do things, not how and when we
> *will* do things.
> Julie


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