RE: he/she redux

Subject: RE: he/she redux
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 10:24:21 -0500


kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com wrote:

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>Wouldn't the consistent use of "your baby" cover most eventualities?
>
>On some politically correct shade of paper, of course.

As opposed to who else's baby? The focus of an instructional step is on the action, not the object of the action (which is assumed in this instance). But transitive verbs require objects, so a pronoun is a good choice (takes the focus away from the identity of the object and returns it to the verb, where it belongs).



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