Re: "Shall" & "Will"

Subject: Re: "Shall" & "Will"
From: Richard Sobocinski <"Richard_G_Sobocinski%~WHC207"@CCMAIL.PNL.GOV>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 1994 11:02:00 -0700

Mike Pope said:
>In the US, "shall" is NOT USED. If you doubt this, try to
>find references in any current major US publication illustrating
>the use of "shall".
Wow, that's a pretty strong statement, Mike. As noted
previously, "shall" is used a lot in some fields. These may
not be in "major US publications" but this IS the Tech Whirl
list. I don't think that there is much tech writing that
qualifies as "major publication"

Mike continues:
>say "corrupting", by the way; television reflects the way people
>actually speak. To say "corrupting" implies strongly that there is
>one correct way to speak English. Nope.

Again, Mike, we are discussing technical writing here. Do
you recommend the use of slang and colloquialisms that have
different meanings in different regions? Maybe I'll write my
next manual in iambic rapameter :)
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