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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:Wed, 23 Jan 2008 13:18:00 -0800
Craig Haiss wrote:
> I have the same gripe about the use of "will." Unless
> it implies something happening in the future, a
> present-tense verb is simply more accurate. It gives
> the user more information. If I say "The Product
> Registration dialog appears," users know it will
> happen immediately after they perform the step.
Shouldn't that say, "users know it *happens* immediately after they
perform the step"? :) (This is a joke, but I'm also pointing out just
how easily the future tense slips into conversation *and* writing.)
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