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Subject:RE: The 'user' in User Manual From:"Lauren" <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu> To:"'Jason Lee-Bakke'" <jlbdca -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 5 Feb 2007 12:28:13 -0800
I guess Sue will never hire me. I have absolutely no idea what this rule
is. What is a deictic pronoun? A clear antecedent? And anamorphic pronoun?
Please provide a technical writing example for each answer. Or not. I bet
I can write a grammar exam, I just wouldn't be able to grade it.
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> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lt34=csus -dot- edu -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Jason Lee-Bakke
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> Subject: Re: The 'user' in User Manual
> Deictic pronouns don't require clear antecedents, as opposed
> to anamorphic, which do.
> I don't think it's necessary for a writer to know all the
> rules of grammar and what different parts of speech are
> called, so long as that writer's editor does.
> On 2/5/07, Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com> wrote:
> > I personally don't care if they know what an imperative
> sentence or a
> > diectic pronoun is, so I probably wouldn't work for you.
> I've worked
> > with and hired writers who have had very little formal English
> > training and were far better than the ones I've worked with
> or hired
> > that could recite the rule of the language. I'm entering my
> 38th year
> > writing for a living. I've been published in national magazines,
> > wrote books that are on library shelves and won awards for my video
> > productions, and I still don't know what a diectic pronoun means or
> > why they require clear antecedents.
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