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Subject:Re: passive voice & appears / is displayed From:"Susan W. Gallagher" <sgallagher -at- EXPERSOFT -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 19 Jan 1996 11:44:55 -0800
Beryl Doane writes...
>Similarly, I'd like to get opinions on using "the foobar menu is displayed"
>"the foobar menu appears."
>My training and experience with PCs tells me that novices are often
>by computers, and that "appears" is too much like magic. While "is
>passive, the reader does not need to know who/what displays the menu.
How'bout: The foobar window opens.
Although I don't have as much problem with "appears" as I did with
"invoke" -- a word that, to my great relief, seems to have gone out
sgallagher -at- expersoft -dot- com