That which doesn't kill you . . .

Subject: That which doesn't kill you . . .
From: "USA::SOM24502" <SOM24502%USA -dot- decnet -at- USAV01 -dot- GLAXO -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 1994 14:05:00 EST

Hello All:

It amazes me when people ask whether some grammatical rule or another
matters,usually using the logic "the users don't know and/or don't care."

Of course they don't know/don't care. That's why they need _you_, as the
technical writer. Knowledge of these grammatical rules (and there aren't
that many of them either) is part of your expertise. It's part of what
you are selling.

When you question the legitimacy of proper English, you are undermining
your own career. Furthermore, if you write "like the users would," you
become a follower, not a leader. Learn them and use them. Teach them when

Sue McCullough
som24502 -at- glaxo -dot- com

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