Re: Examples of good tech writing?

Subject: Re: Examples of good tech writing?
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 08:00:33 -0500

Michelle wrote:
> Don't say: "You can create..." That's passive, instead,
> say "You create..."

Dick wrote:
> No. The first is in the declarative mood; the second is in the
> imperative mood.

If it's just stating a fact, as in "Day after day, I write
documentation and you create software," then it's also
declarative, or "indicative" as they call it where I come

It's imperative only if it's something like "I'll write the
documentation for that software. By April, you create it."

> "It can be created by you" is passive.

"It is created by you" would be passiver. (Can "can" be

Mark L. Levinson
Herzliya, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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