Re: E-Prime

Subject: Re: E-Prime
From: Randy Allen Harris <raha -at- WATARTS -dot- UWATERLOO -dot- CA>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 1994 08:17:51 -0500

Jim Venis said (among other things):

>(The core of E-Prime seems to eschew the "is of identity"
>and the "is of predication." It does not ban other uses, such as the use
>of "is" as a helping verb.)

>I have never advocated stripping tools from writers, and I view passive
>voice as a tool. I have not, however, found a way to write an E-Prime
>passive. If you can, please post it--I'd like to know!

I must be missing something here, but the passive "be" is a helping verb,
so there shouldn't be any problem with E-Prime passives.

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Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Department of English, University of
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