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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 16:15:01 -0800
Chinell, David F (GE Indust, Security) wrote:
> We reserve "will" for indicating temporal things, and try to avoid
> using it for causal things.
OK, but why? Would you use "will" for immediately causal events in
conversation? And if so, then why not in writing? I'm not asking this
in a challenging way. I would really like to understand exactly what's
wrong with it. Is it considered a colloquial usage in speech?
> In your example of the clutch, since you're talking about immediate,
> causal things, we wouldn't use "will." So our style is like your second
> "unnatural" form of the instruction.
It would be unnatural in speech - or do you disagree with that, too?
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