RE: Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one

Subject: RE: Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Patricia Egan" <capdev -dot- communications -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 07:57:33 -0600

Patricia Egan wrote:

> Re: "were" versus "are"
>
> I am finding that certain legal departments are requiring the use of
> present
> tense, primarily to avoid "forward-looking statements." I have not
been
> required to change past tense to present, but the use of present tense
> permeates the documents.

I should hope so.

In tech writing, using present instead of future tense is
well-established best practice -- "do X, and the foobar appears," not
"do X, and the foobar will appear." And outside of narratives, past
tense is only applicable in a few situations.

But I wouldn't worry about past tense being mistaken for
"forward-looking statements." ;-)

Richard


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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303-777-0436
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RE: Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one: From: Pinkham, Jim
Re: Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one: From: Patricia Egan

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