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

Subject: Re: Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 13:10:45 -0400

And if you are writing in a marketing brochure? I think some rules
change for the marketing effect...

Combs, Richard wrote:
> 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.
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References:
GUI Elements defined: From: Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENG2.2)
Re: GUI Elements defined: From: Gregory P Sweet
Re: GUI Elements defined: From: Chris Morton
Grammar (again!): From: Deborah Hemstreet
Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one: From: Deborah Hemstreet
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
RE: Yet one more - really need an explanation for this one: From: Combs, Richard

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