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on Apr 18th 2000, 01:55:23, TaoJones wrote the following about

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In 1949 David Bourland responded to the perennial problems of the verb »to be« by suggesting that we remove it completely from the language. Although it sounds like a moronically simple change, E-Prime (English without the being verb) results in dramatically improved clarity of communication, making the agent-hiding passive voice almost impossible, reducing hidden assumptions, and removing illusions of immutability. The massive unpopularity of E-Prime suggests that the true, unspoken purpose of language is usually not to inform but manipulate.


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