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Subject:Re: Since/Which From:cjs10 -at- CORNELL -dot- EDU Date:Wed, 2 Oct 1996 11:48:04 -0400
Diane -- Got it! But we don't agree. My choice of "since" was neither
right nor wrong there, certainly not ambiguous. "Since" was good for the
loose and easy causality I wanted to express in that sentence. If I'd
wanted to use a two-syllable word that has the word "cause" in it, I
could have used "because", but there was no need, since my meaning was
clear without it, and since the word I chose better expressed the tone I
wanted to give the sentence.
Thanks for clarifying what you were trying to say.
P.S. -- I'm posting this to the list, so as not to leave the discussion
ERGO, flamers, send your firebombs to me if you think this back-&-forth
was allowed to be public for too long.
On Wed, 2 Oct 1996, Williams Diane wrote:
> On Wed, 2 Oct 1996, Williams Diane wrote:
> > >>I would choose "because" -- since "since" isn't strong enough to express
> > real purpose. "Since" is best used in phrases like the one I just
> > used it in ...<
> > Nope. This is another perfect argument for using because! "I would
> > choose "because" -- ***because*** "since" isn't strong enough to express
> > real purpose.
> > :-D
> >>Diane! That's what I just said! But maybe you got lost in all the
> quotation marks. Read again?
> I put ***because*** in your sentence in place of "since" (See the
> asterisks?) because, IMO, you misused "since" in your example. See?