RE: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)

Subject: RE: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:24:35 -0400

Neither of those is the first person. The first person is "I," "we,"
"my," "mine," etc.

Your first example uses the third person. Your second example uses the
second person.

We use the second person for clarity and brevity. Gender is not a factor
in this case.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Borokowski
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:11 AM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)
>
> I've been breaking the first-grade diction rule and
> writing it in the first person.
>
> "When a user formats a hard disk, all of his data will
> be gone."
>
> "When you format your hard disk, all of your data will
> be gone."
>

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References:
RE: Pet Peeves: From: Brierley, Sean
Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves): From: Chris Borokowski

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