Reporter style writing versus technical writing -- GRAMMATICAL QUESTION

Subject: Reporter style writing versus technical writing -- GRAMMATICAL QUESTION
From: Debbie Hemstreet <D_Hemstreet -at- rambam -dot- health -dot- gov -dot- il>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:21:19 +0000

Hi all,

OK, let's try this another way;

Beyond the issue of kids is this.

In a world where people want a minimum of words, why on earth would anyone use

Past Perfect Simple Tense: The families have been using...

Instead of

Past Simple Tense: The families used...

Throughout an entire article.

To me this adds useless verbage. But the person writing this is an experienced "reporter" and I don't want to argue unless there is a reason. I just know I lose patience with so much verbage, even in the newspaper... what about others?

Deborah



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