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Re: RFC round 3: DEP-3: Patch Tagging Guidelines

On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 12:58:20AM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Jun 2009, Andrei Popescu wrote:
> > On Mon,29.Jun.09, 22:53:53, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > > @@ -63,6 +63,10 @@ The set of fields ends on the first empty line. 
> > > Free-form comments follow and be used for any other information that 
> > 			      ^^^^^^
> > I'm not a native speaker, but this doesn't sound very well.
> There's an implicit "can".
> “Free-form comments can follow and [can] be used for....”

If you had said "Free-form comments can follow", then that would be
correct.  As a native speaker of en_US, I would say that "Free-form
comments follow and may be used..." sounds best.  "May" is better than
"can" here because there is no doubt about your ability: you *can* write
anything you want, but whether it is permitted or not is another matter.

The implicit direct object of "follow" is "this line".

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