Thursday, June 26, 2008


For those who haven't noticed, I've started writing all my blog posts in E-prime. It has all the same characteristics of English, except for lacking all forms of the verb, "to be".

I think it tends to make my writing stronger, as it makes difficult (though not impossible) writing in the passive voice or otherwise omitting the agent of action.

So if you see some odd turns of phrase in my posts, you can attribute them to my attempts to rewrite sentences to avoid that verb.

I welcome any comments suggesting better, alternate phrasings that also eliminate that verb.

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