RE: Reporter style writing versus technical writing -- GRAMMATICAL QUESTION

Subject: RE: Reporter style writing versus technical writing -- GRAMMATICAL QUESTION
From: Slager Timothy J <Timothy -dot- Slager -at- dematic -dot- com>
To: Debbie Hemstreet <D_Hemstreet -at- rambam -dot- health -dot- gov -dot- il>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:27:59 +0000

Nuance. If the story anticipates a change of behavior, then "have been using" may well be a better choice of words.

Concision is only one of the tools for achieving clarity. A shorter alternative is not necessarily better (although much of the time it is).

tims

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From: techwr-l-bounces+timothy -dot- slager=dematic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+timothy -dot- slager=dematic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Debbie Hemstreet
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Subject: Reporter style writing versus technical writing -- GRAMMATICAL QUESTION

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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