RE: "Gage"

Subject: RE: "Gage"
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'Pinkham, Jim'" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>, "'Downing, David'" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>, "'Combs, Richard'" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:20:15 -0800

> From: Pinkham, Jim

> Just to play the devil's advocate: Why can't one decide a loan? How is
> that different from deciding a boxing match or a court case,
> especially
> the latter? The judge decides, for instance, whether to rule
> in favor of
> the plaintiff. But if we say that she decided the case, the meaning is
> clear.

Because a loan does not have two sides, it is "yes" or "no" and not "left"
or "right," for example. Either there is a loan or there is not a loan. A
case on the other hand, exists, but which way it goes requires a decision.
If the case is dismissed, then it is not decided. So there is a decision to
hear a case (yes or no) and then the case is decided (left or right).



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