Re: Non native English speaker is checking whether a phrasing should be filed a minor bug report.
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- Subject: Re: Non native English speaker is checking whether a phrasing should be filed a minor bug report.
- From: "Cybe R. Wizard" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:18:13 -0600
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On Tue, 30 Nov 2010 06:51:44 -0700
Paul E Condon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I am a native speaker of US English. I think the rules that I learned
> many years ago for the proper use of the word "it" are mostly violated
> by US native speakers of English. I was taught that "it" refers to
> the most recent prior noun. In this case the most recent prior noun is
> "memory". So if the rule that I learned in school is applied, the
> sentence makes no sense.
Having been taught the same rule, I also find the sentence nonsensical
and for that same reason. The misuse of pronouns to refer to other
than the most recent prior noun is a great grinding pain to me when
others so craft their language.
Cybe R. Wizard
"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that
there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.''
J. K. Galbraith