Re: you or he/it

Subject: Re: you or he/it
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Esthee Erasmus" <Esthee -at- k2workflow -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 10:37:28 -0700

I've spent the past 15 years or so working in "global" companies, and over the years have found that whenever possible it is best to avoid both forms. To use an example that someone else already posted, instead of

"You should never chew gum in class."


"One should never chew gum in class."

Just "Never chew gum in class."

Nobody ever seems to miss the "You/One should."

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message ----- From: "Esthee Erasmus" <Esthee -at- k2workflow -dot- com>

I work for a South African company that has in the past few years gone
global. I was taught at University with the help of many research
articles and textbooks to stick to plain english rules especially when
writing technical documentation. To never use 'one' and always use
'you'. But since starting here I had to completely change my style of
writing. According to our Asian Director, the use of 'you' is HIGHLY
inappropriate when writing documentation, it is so severe that they see
it as an insult.


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RE: you or he/it: From: Esthee Erasmus

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