RE: Another grammar gotcha

Subject: RE: Another grammar gotcha
From: Fox Cole <foxcole -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 11:30:26 -0500

On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 1:00 AM, Dan Goldstein <
DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:

> Just as you wrote yourself: "For a loan with an introductory rate, use
> either Table X or Table Y to change the loan's regular rate. Both tables
> leave the introductory rate unchanged."

Assuming the sentence isn't contextually surrounded by this information, I'd
completely agree. The original sentence does not convey the either/or nature
of these tables, but that concept is crucial. It also neatly resolves the
problem you're wrestling.

However, if such a rewrite is out of the question, this might be a case
where I'd insert a helper verb to alleviate the awkwardness.

"For a loan with an introductory rate, Table X or Y will change the loan's
regular rate, leaving the introductory rate unchanged."


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