Grammar Terms (Was: The 'user' in User Manual)

Subject: Grammar Terms (Was: The 'user' in User Manual)
From: "Karen Murri" <kmurri -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "'Techwr-l'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 15:39:11 -0600

I'm another who writes grammatically, but seldom knows which grammar terms
mean what. I struggled in a college Hebrew class because the professor, an
Israeli linguist, used grammar and linguistic terms for everything and I
didn't know what they meant. I remember specifically an aha moment when I
connected the meaning of the word "imperative" with one of the verb tenses.
Things got better after that.

I edit a lot of engineering writing -- my frustration is seldom with
grammar, but with the style. They use passive voice incessantly, but
grammatically. And don't get me started about deadwood, jargon, and

2 cents (what the heck, it's cheap)


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