Re: Grammar Q

Subject: Re: Grammar Q
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 18:00:32 +1100

Lauren wrote:
> I provided an example for how I think about the use of second-person in
> writing. I realize that I don't "think" like other people; however, the
> purpose of my example was to illustrate that an audience-centered document
> is not necessarily received by a specific "you."
> For me, it is rude to state "you" in a non-conversational document. I see
> it as being rude like pointing a finger at a person. I haven't seen a
> reason for when the word "you" should be used that would change my mind
> about this. To state "you" as part of a procedure is to direct a person to
> do something. To write procedures as imperatives is still a direction, but
> the direction is not specifically at the reader as though the reader is
> being told personally to do something. Imperatives state what to do and can
> demonstrate how to do something. Directing the reader to personally do
> something is bossy, while a non-directed imperative sounds more helpful and
> is (or should be) directed to a person's role.

As far as I can tell, you have not responded to any specifics
in anyone's replies. You've just repeated your idiosyncratic
reasoning. That makes back-and-forth conversation rather
difficult so I think we should probably end the discussion here.

-- Janice

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