To be, or no to be
E-Prime aims to eliminate all forms of the verb "to be". (Try that with your next report.)
"E-Prime comprises standard English with all forms of the verb 'TO BE' deleted; its use prevents forms of the verb 'TO BE' creating erroneous and irrational generalizations in language and thought."
- John is lethargic and unhappy.
- John is bright and cheerful.
- John appears lethargic and unhappy in the office.
- John appears bright and cheerful on holiday at the beach.
A Laymen's View
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