RE: On Avoiding Gender Bias

Subject: RE: On Avoiding Gender Bias
From: "Richard Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 09:20:38 -0700

Anila [mailto:AnilaA -at- ibsplc -dot- com] wrote:

> "To avail" is definitely a *transitive* verb.
> However I believe that
> ".... wishes to avail of this facility...." is as right as saying
> "..... wishes to avail herself of this facility......"
> The object in the sentence is 'this facility' and not the reflexive
> 'herself'.
> What says you ?

Sorry, no cigar. You must be too young to have been forced to diagram
sentences in high school English. ;-)

The noun "facility" is the object of the preposition "of." In your
construction, "to avail" has no object.

Richard (who thoroughly *enjoyed* diagramming sentences; what a nerd!)

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
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