jeudi 11 mai 2017

E-Prime: do you write, speak, think using this?

From the wiki:


E-Prime (short for English-Prime, sometimes denoted É or E′) denotes a version of the English language that excludes all forms of the verb to be, including all conjugations, contractions and archaic forms.

Some scholars advocate using E-Prime as a device to clarify thinking and strengthen writing.[1] For example, the sentence "the film was good" could not be expressed under the rules of E-Prime, and the speaker might instead say "I liked the film", "the film made me laugh", or "the film has value".[citation needed] The E-Prime versions communicate the writer's experience rather than judgment, making it harder for the writer or reader to confuse opinion with fact.
I first read about E Prime 20 years ago. I like it because it helps avoid attribution errors/bias in my thinking and writing. At various times I've made more or less effort to integrate it into my thought processes, only to slip back to regular English. Using it consistently in writing becomes tedious; speaking it consistently on the fly feels like an impossible goal.

If it became widely used, it would make fake news, advertising, and propaganda much less effective. Arguments between couples would probably never play out the same. :rolleyes:

I came to ask if anyone here uses or has tried to use E-prime on a regular basis? Do you find benefits to its use? Have others around you noticed and/or picked up the habit? Do you think it helps keep potentially contentious discussions civil and focused?

via International Skeptics Forum

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