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Subject:Re: Word use: Express/ed (Absurd From:Carma C Allen <ccallen -at- CCGATE -dot- DP -dot- BECKMAN -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 9 Dec 1994 12:17:37 -0800
>(BTW, in case you haven't guessed, I think the word is "express" rather than
>"expresed," and that...
William Hartzer replied:
>Arlen, you're wrong. Look at the original sentence again! The statement says
>that you (or anyone else) may not copy it unless you have the written consent
>or the (author). If you (or anyone else) are copying it(thus you have
>RECEIVED permission from the author prior to your using it), you have received
>the EXPRESSED written consent of the author.
>The emphasis here is WHEN exactly you received the consent of the author. You
>may use it IF you have the expressED permission (the expressing was done in
the past because you are using it now).
>If you look again, Arlen, you'll see that the official legal statement is
>gramatically correct, based on when the consent is given by the author.
>As you remember, Arlen, we use the past tense (like -ED at the and of words)
>to express things that happened in the past. (No pun intended).
But the emphasis ISN'T on when the consent was given--the usage is of the word
"express" as an adjective, not a verb: