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bug#11862: [PATCH 9/9] doc/lispref/intro.texi: Use passive voice


From: Stephen Berman
Subject: bug#11862: [PATCH 9/9] doc/lispref/intro.texi: Use passive voice
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:09:12 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.1 (gnu/linux)

On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:14:15 +0000 Michael Witten <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:37:55 +0300, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>> it starts at 1, is reset to 1 by @kbd{make bootstrap}, and each build
>> of Emacs increments that number.
>
> In all clauses but the last, `it' (that is, the last number) is the subject.
> Moroever, the middle clause is already in the passive voice. So, for the sake 
> of
> consistency, why not continue with both the subject `it' and that passive 
> voice:
>
>   it starts at 1, is reset to 1 by @kbd{make bootstrap}, and is incremented 
> each
>   time Emacs is built.
>
> Perhaps this is a better order:
>
>   it starts at 1, is incremented each time Emacs is built, and is reset to 1 
> by
>   @kbd{make bootstrap}.
>
> Of course, as Glenn Morris points out, the way in which `it' is reset is not 
> of
> great importance. So, how about:
>
>   it starts at 1, is incremented each time Emacs is built, and can be reset by
>   something like @kbd{make clean} or @kbd{make bootstrap}.

Here's another attempt to satisfy the no passive preference:

    The last number in this string is not part of the Emacs release
    version number, but is a counter representing the build number; each
    time you rebuild Emacs, the last number increases by one (but
    building with @kbd{make clean} or @kbd{make bootstrap} resets it to
    1).

Steve Berman





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