RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>, "Michael West" <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 15:59:48 -0500

Hmm...I see what your reasoning is here, but none of the phrasing falls
well upon the inner ear. Were I editing this, I'd go for a rewrite:

After 20-something years in the business, I have learned....

OR

The experience of 20-something years in the business has taught me....

Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Warren [mailto:awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:43 PM
To: Pinkham, Jim; Michael West; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness

Pinkham, Jim wrote:

> > > Twenty-something years in the business have taught me this.
> >
> > You mean "HAS taught me", right?
>
> The years have taught me to agree with Michael on this one.

Jim:

Reconsider.

The plural would be appropriate if Michael had written "Twenty-something
people in the business have taught me", but in the context of his
sentence, "twenty-something years" is SINGULAR. It's meant as one
lumped period of time; it describes "how much", not "how many".

It's like "Ten dollars is too much for a cup of coffee". You wouldn't
write "Ten dollars are too many for a cup of coffee", would you?

-Andrew

=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com === Synaptics, Inc - Santa
Clara, CA
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

---
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:
http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/listinfo/techwr-l-chat


References:
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Pinkham, Jim
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Andrew Warren

Previous by Author: RE: job-hunt weirdness
Next by Author: RE: job-hunt weirdness (Gene Kim-Eng)
Previous by Thread: RE: job-hunt weirdness
Next by Thread: RE: job-hunt weirdness


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads