grammar questions and newbies (slight venting)

Subject: grammar questions and newbies (slight venting)
From: Michelle Zacharias <misheru -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 19:02:21 -0700 (PDT)

As a newbie, I am glad to know that there is such a
list in which warm-hearted people are willing to
help me when I have questions.

As a newbie who is hanging by her bootstraps in
another country where the first language is
definitely not English, it is not so easy getting
answers to seemingly simple questions -- especially
when those questions require opinions rather than one
Many style questions are exactly that - questions of
style or individual taste. As a newbie, I stumble
upon my reference sources one by one. My company had
never heard of the Micosoft Guide etc. Learning of
these resources, not to mention obtaining them, is a
challenge in itself, so I was glad to discover this

Is it so bad to ask a simple grammar questions and
so good to discuss the merits of learning tools or
ad nauseum? Or to vent using an ever-so-misleading
subject line? (We all need that, so I'm not knocking
that at all -- just asking for some type of labelling
in the subject line)

Although a newbie, I may know something that someone
else doesn't. If someone needs that information, I
hope they are not afraid to ask and that there is a
forum where they can ask it freely. I forget who it
was that said, "There are no stupid questions". I
would like to hope that that spirit is alive and
well in this list.

Thanks for letting me add my two yen.

Michelle Z
> --- Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca> wrote:
> > "Swallow, William" wrote:
> > > Wouldn't it be easier on the
> > list as a whole to just avoid
> > > stupid grammar questions completely? I mean, if
> > you're too cheap to buy a
> > > CMS, MSMoS, or a dictionary, there are plenty of
> > free references on the web
> > > (like, for example).
> >
> > And if you want to discuss grammar questions,
> there
> > is a more appropriate
> > place, the alt.usage.english newsgroup. Of course
> > you should read its FAQ
> > first and avoid resurrecting questions which have
> > already been discussed to
> > death. The FAQ URL is an archived post of mine in
> > the recent 'singular they'
> > thread on this list.

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