Re: Grammar Q

Subject: Re: Grammar Q
From: J Wermont <jwermont -at- sonic -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 12:07:54 -0800

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

> That one was fine as-is, but if you want a different way, there's
> nothing wrong with a little passive voice, once in a while - this
> (above) is the perfect situation for it. (I'm much more averse to the
> use of "will" than to the very occasional passive construction.)

May I ask why? I hear this often, but I have never understood what people
are objecting to. The following makes perfect sense and sounds fine to me:

Click the Delete Tag button at the bottom of the page. A confirmation
dialog will appear.

It makes sense to me because at the time the user is clicking the Delete
Tag button, the appearance of the confirmation dialog *is* in the future.
So why not use the future tense?

Thanks,
Joyce
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Re: Grammar Q: From: louise . r . stevanovic
RE: Grammar Q: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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