RE: fwd: you or he/it

Subject: RE: fwd: you or he/it
From: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 08:54:13 -0500

Melissa wrote:

<<During writing I always slip into using "you" and have to go back and
change it to the user...I would rather be informal but alas..>>

Reminds me of a high school teacher I had who insisted that students
never use "you" in writing. Instead, it always had to be "one." So a
sentence like...

* You should never chew gum in class.
* One should never chew gum in class.

Her theory was that the sentence does not refer to a specific individual
(you) but just a general, hypothetical person (one).

That may be true, but it struck me as ridiculously archaic and pompous
sounding. Bottom line: a rule that may have been generally accepted 100
years ago may only produce levity among readers today.. Today, it is
better to be informal and direct that formal and stilted.


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