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Subject:Re: e-prime info From:Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 1 Apr 1997 10:06:46 -0600
Miki Magyar wrote:
> Jane Bergen said:
> One of my pet peeves involves the use of the verb "to be" -- most of the
> time the writing is more authoritative and has more impact if we eliminate
> that verb.
> I heartily agree! The subject is General Semantics, and the web site for
> the International Society for General Semantics (ISGS) is
> Clarity and precision in thought and language is desirable in both technical
> and 'creative' writing. My perception is that practice in one domain carries
> over into the other. To stimulate the 'leetle grey cells', see also deBono's
> books on lateral thinking.
> mikim -at- mcdata -dot- com
> "Curtsy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time"
> Lewis Carroll
Ah, but in the quotations given above, I count no fewer than five
instances of the verb "to be" (six counting the Carroll quotation). If
we intend to advocate the use of E-prime, let's at least practice what
we preach. ;)
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