RE: User's, Users, Users'

Subject: RE: User's, Users, Users'
From: Guy McDonald <gmcdonald -at- webmail -dot- tiainfo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 11:40:31 -0500


Allen Schaaf wrote -

"First, rules of grammar were imposed by people who wanted to regularize the
chaotic nature of the English language so the rules reflect theory, not the
reality of how English was used at the time."

California Educators offered "Ebonics" as a art form that erupted from the
same type of sentiment.

Allen Schaaf continues -

"Second, English usage changes over time, a kind of genetic drift, if you
will, and the rules of grammar always have to play catch-up."

William Strunk Jr. always asserted that one must first know the rules to
break them. However, many (including myself at times) can benefit from basic
grammar reviews.

"It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the
rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in
the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the
violation."

William Strunk, Jr., "The Elements of Style", ITHACA, N.Y.: W.P. HUMPHREY,
1918.

By the way, "Most SMEs ..." is correct.

,-)

Guy McDonald
Technical Information Architects, Inc.
713.975.0081 ext. 133
281.935.0721 (mobile)
gmcdonald -at- tiainfo -dot- com
http://www.tiainfo.com




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