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: Lisi <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 12:21:28 +0000
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On Tuesday 30 November 2010 19:10:45 David Jardine wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 06:38:34PM +0000, Lisi wrote:
> > On Tuesday 30 November 2010 12:22:57 Regid Ichira wrote:
> > > Consider the following:
> > >
> > > $ man bootlogd | grep -A4 DESCRIPTION
> > > DESCRIPTION
> > > Bootlogd runs in the background and copies all strings sent to
> > > the /dev/console device to a logfile. If the logfile is not
> > > accessible, the messages will be kept in memory until it is.
> > >
> > > I think there is a problem with the 2nd sentence. Doesn't it lacks an
> > > objective? Until when will the messages be kept in memory?
> > No, there is no problem. The messages will be kept in memory until the
> > logfile is accessible. But to say it like that is bad style in this
> > context. As it is written is definitely correct and is what a native
> > English speaker would say.
> Do you really find it bad style? As a native English speaker I find it
> the most elegant way to express the idea. :)
Yes - I don't like too much reiteration of the same words - and the original
is much more felicitous.
Tho' come ot think of it, bad style is probably a bit strong and how I have
expressed it hear somewhat closer to the mark.
Anyhow, however one phrases it, I see the original as definitely preferable.
I suppose I was reacting a bit to someone who is not a native speaker wanting
to send in as a bug some completely acceptable, and to me felicitous,
But style, like beauty, is presumably in the eye of the beholder. ;-)