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    Default Re: Require explanation in past continuity

    Quote Originally Posted by bkpsusmitaa View Post
    I also liked 5jj's modesty, that he apologised, though it was I who couldn't explain myself better!
    It wasn't really modesty. Having been around this forum for some time, and knowing Barb's signature, I should have realised what you were referring to.

    Those of us who respond here regularly are reasonably confident that we know something about the language we teach, write in and/or are interested in. However, none of us believe that we know everything. One of the pleasures for me of working in this forum is that I frequently learn new things.

    No matter how much we (think we) know, we are all human, and we can make mistakes. When we do, we need to rectify them as soon as possible. We old hands cannot help people if we lead them to believe that we are always right and that, in case of misunderstanding, they must necessarily be wrong.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Require explanation in past continuity

    The vast majority of what I write is in a business setting. My overall goal is clarity. Sometimes I can have a bit more fun with my writing and get to play with the "voice" we use, but usually it's pretty straight-forward stuff. How your student loan works. What you can do to make your landfill closing more sustainable. The difference between short-term and long-term disabilty insurance. Case studies, brochures, presentations, articles, customer letters, employee communications, procedureal guides -- all things I've written.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Require explanation in past continuity

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    ... in case of misunderstanding, they must necessarily be wrong.
    Then this is rationality, empathy and compassion (and negation of one's base desire to be always right) - even greater qualities than modesty.
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    Barb_D, thank you. I would remember!

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