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    Thumbs up Word/Sentence Analysis

    In my attempt to converse with philosophers about philosophy they cannot grasp language because of their prejudice and bias against it. They strain at a word the sentence, the question, the statement and the answer as well. I love the English language and the part I understand. I greately admire all of you in this forum which give of your time and talent to share this beautiful language with others.

    I have learned so much from you and this forum. They could learn much from all of you but why split a infinitive when you do not have to. They analyse every word,sentence statement as well as the question and answer. They remind me of lawyers."let me understand this"! In their tongue yet. I am proud to be in this forum, you keep me mentally balanced in this beautiful fantastic language which they do not trust. Paul

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    That's one of the problems philosphers face- they only have language to desacribe what they are trying to say, and are restricted by that, yet are trying to create universal truths with tools that are not really designed for the job.

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    Thumbs up Re: Word/Sentence Analysis

    Excellent excellent answer Tdol. Well done. Paul/pljames

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    To me structually, language (in this case English), the words reflect the sentence and vice versa. I never understood outlining. I see in my mind a way of outlining from the first point to following points until you reach the end point you are trying to make. Is critical thinking (ct) a value in sentence construction? Paul

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    The value of outlining would be to force people to select the most important, which is supposed to discipline and focus the thinking.

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    Default Birth Language, Perfectionism and outlining.

    I am quite happy with my birth language...English. I do not speak or write in it fluently, but my perfection mind is harassing me to become perfect ! I am now looking for perfection anonomous (or PA) in my area. I am also studing about creating a new way for me to outline when I write.
    To use my points in each of my paragraphs instead of my sentences. One point to one paragraph.

    But as you see I incorported all three of my points in the first paragraph. Is there a simplier way to outline? Paul/pljames

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    Default Re: Birth Language, Perfectionism and outlining.

    If outlining, why not do it as a list?

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    Default Outline/title frame/points in first paragraph/clairity.

    Tdol,
    The only way I can think of outlining is in the title frame. The letter would look strange if I listed the points in the first paragraph. But I see some clairity in your answer. Paul

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    Default Re: Outline/title frame/points in first paragraph/clairity.

    Sorry, I was thinking in terms of planning rather than the actual writing.

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    I tried to get involved in the study of Critical Thinking to no avail. It might be good for philosophy and other critial diciplines but not for general letter writing. I did really want to study it for how to write letters...but that didnt pan out. Adam&eve plus Shakespere did not have CT, is there a perfect letter be it business,personal or otherwise where we use CT? Paul

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