Re: Appears vs. Displays

Subject: Re: Appears vs. Displays
From: Susan Vineyard <vineyard -at- CHEROKEE -dot- NSUOK -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 14:29:35 -0600

According to the Microsoft Style Guide,

Use appears as an intransitive verb; use displays as a transitive verb. If necessary in context, you can use the passive is displayed.

If you try to quit the program without saving the file, a message appears.
The screen displays a message if you don't log on accurately.
A message is displayed if you don't log on accurately.

Susan Vineyard

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