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Subject:Re: "It Ain't Literature, Y'know" From:Sarah Lee Bihlmayer <sarahlee -at- CONTENTMANAGE -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 5 Aug 1996 13:53:21 -0700
> My problem is this: yesterday, I pointed out to a co-worker that I
> thought the sentence structure he was using in a particular procedure
> was incorrect.
> He said, "we ain't writing
> literature, you know." He said that he had given the matter a great
> deal of thought and decided that this was the best way to handle the
> situation. He said that if he wrote,
> Pound the nail into the wall with a hammer.
> someone might use their head to pound the nail with rather than read
> to the end of the sentence. Instead, he prefers to write:
> Using a hammer, pound the nail into the wall.
> Using columnar spacers, place the ....
To me, this construction is somewhat unwieldy. If it's important to
emphasize the use of the hammer, I think there's a cleaner way to express
that. Here's a solution that both of you might be satisfied with:
Use a hammer to pound the nail into the wall.
Your coworker _really_ doesn't trust the audience to have a bit of common
sense if he truly believes they'd use their heads instead of a hammer--but
might as well try to compromise for the sake of harmony.
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