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eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com wrote:
> Bonnie Granat wrote on 09/01/2004 04:02:31 PM:
>> Professional writers and editors need to either use professional
>> standards or give up the right to call themselves "professionals."
> I realise you're heavily into editing, but honestly. "Professionals"
> that have "professional" standards are governed by standards bodies.
Technical writers need to use accepted grammar or risk having their text
> It's a long way off before we have a professional code of conduct that
> covers commas, gerunds, and prescriptive grammar.
I'm talking about standard usage of English.
> Was Shakespeare a "professional" writer? Wasn't much of his grammar
> questionable by many measures?
> Bandying about the term "professional" as an argument is just a hollow
> shell and a reactionary excuse for a justification.
I don't think so. Standard English grammar is particularly necessary for
> Much of what I write is telegraphic (and thus often of questionable
> grammar). But I can assure you it is all highly professional.
It isn't if your grammar is nonstandard.
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