Re: to be versus ing

Subject: Re: to be versus ing
From: Christi Carew <christi -at- sageinst -dot- COM>
To: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- quodata -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 09:11:40 -0800

on 12/29/99 8:59 AM, Brierley, Sean at Sean -at- quodata -dot- com wrote:

> Okay guys, any preference and why:
>
> "Software tables may need to be manually updated."
>
> "Software tables that may need manual updating."
>
> Thanks for the thought.

I might go with

Software tables may need to be updated manually.

I don't like "manual updating"; it just sounds funny to me. (How's that for
a "why"?!)

I prefer "to be updated manually" rather than "to be manually updated".
Here's why... though it's hard to explain in printed text only.

This one: Software tables may need to be updated manually.
sounds like you can update the tables in many ways, but sometime it has to
be manually.

This one: Software tables may need to be manually updated.
sounds more like you can only update the tables manually.

It's extremely subtle though, and I think either would be fine.

=)




Christi Carew
Technical Writer

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If you can't explain it to an 8-year-old, you don't understand it.
-Albert Einstein





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