Re: what to look for in a Tech Editor
I don't think an editor has to use the names of parts of speech in communicating improvements to an author. I merely expressed my prejudice that to be a good editor one ought to know the technical aspects of grammar cold. Norma loquendi is great for writing, but I think it is not entirely sufficient for editing.
Despite nearly 30 years as a scientific and technical editor, I've long since forgotten the names of lots of the parts of speech and grammatical constructions, but I definitely know what they are for, how to use them, and other technical aspects of grammar. And yes, I'm over 50 and was rigorously taught grammar a long time ago. Sometimes I use the sig line "I know it all; I just can't remember a lot of it."
Jean Hollis Weber
jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
The Technical Editors' Eyrie http://www.jeanweber.com/
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