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Subject:Re: What would you do? From:Ruth Glaser <ruthg -at- GORETEK -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 30 Jul 1996 09:17:56 -0500
Sue wondered if her standards for quality writing were too high. Before I
answer that, I have a few questions. (Please no flaming - my ignorance may
1. In the sentence "Contacts are a subset of a prospect," is it the use
of "subset" as jargon that bothers you? Having worked with Contact
Management software, I can see an appropriate use for this construction.
2. My reference material (Hodges' Habrace College Handbook) has the
Do not use commas to set off restrictive (necessary) clauses,
restrictive phrases, and restrictive appositives.
Note: Although some writers prefer to use "that" at the
beginning of restrictive clauses, "which" is also acceptable.
I do not use a comma before a restrictive clause introduced by "which".
Is this incorrect?
Now my comments:
Several of the errors you noted were unforgivable. However, I would
recognize that corporate style guides, editors, managers, etc. sometimes
make us write in ways we would rather not. A bulleted list of sentence
fragments, all terminated with periods could have been dictated by a
IMHO, choosing the wrong verb tense, misspellings, spacing errors, etc.
are the fault of a writer and a good basis for disqualifying a potential
contractor. The use of periods with sentence fragments, etc. may be more
indicative of a corporate style, rather than a writer's ability.
I would give a little slack in certain areas and base my evaluation on
the writer's ability to organize information, explain things clearly, etc.
Ruth T. Glaser
ruthg -at- goretek -dot- com
Ruth T. Glaser e-mail: ruthg -at- goretek -dot- com
Goretek Data Systems, Inc. Phone: (612) 639-5043
900 Long Lake Road #151 Fax: (612) 639-5090
New Brighton, MN 55112 WWW: http://www.goretek.com
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