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In article <4a3f7m$d5p -at- newsbf02 -dot- news -dot- aol -dot- com> russbe -at- aol -dot- com (RussBe) writes:
>From: russbe -at- aol -dot- com (RussBe)
>Ever notice how "rules" have tenure as refuges for pedants?
I believe that ine develops an "ear" for fluency of expression, which he or
she may not be able to rationalize logically, somewhata s one can detect a
counterfeit bill without being able to point to the specific items that mark
the bill as not genuine. It lies in having a mental image of the genuine
article, and being able to make the comparison mentally: The counterfeit
simply does not measure up.
I have that same reaction to awkward expression. I will have to study it a
while to rationalize the problem in terms of grammatical faults (who
remembers all the rules?), but I will know, nevertheless, that it is bad
The ear for fluency is the most reliable indicator I know,
and--unfortunately--not all the editors I work with in connection with my
books have that ear. - Herm
Herman Holtz [holtz -at- paltech -dot- com], marketing consultant & copywriter.
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