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Re: Non-grammatical statements

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: Non-grammatical statements
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 07:41:00 -0700
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On 2022-06-08 13:10, slipbits wrote:
> 3.7.13 Bison Declaration Summary
> "Directive: *%token-table*
>    This feature is obsolescent, avoid it in new projects."
> "obsolescent" should be "obsolete"

This is incorrect. "Obsolescent" is a word, and it's used correctly here; it
is the right word, and cannot be replaced by "obsolete".

Example sentence:

  "Certain features are obsolescent, which means that they may be considered for
   withdrawal in future revisions of this International Standard."

    (ISO/IEC 9899:1999 "Programming Languages - C", Introduction)

Moreover, you failed to spot the real error of orthography: the "run-on 
situation when independent clauses are joined by a comma.


   This feature is obsolescent; avoid it in new projects.

   This feature is obsolescent. Avoid it in new projects.

Some languages allow the comma as a clause joiner; written English doesn't.

>        3.7.14 %define Summary
> "However, newer such features are associated with variables" should be 
> "However, newer features are associated with variables

This is also correct English: "newer such features" means "newer features in
that same category" or "newer features such as that one".

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