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Re: English usage bug in bytecomp.el

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: English usage bug in bytecomp.el
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 08:08:38 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> When somebody who loves this bastard mess of a language that is English
> reads something like that, the effects are not nice:  First there is
> shock.  Within seconds, shock gives way to disbelief, disbelief to pain,
> and pain to anger[*].  Finally, anger gives way to an irresistible urge
> either to string up the writer or to submit a patch.  Thank <insert your
> deity here> the latter is possible with Emacs.

I hereby apologize for causing you discomfort and pain and I hope you will
keep your anger under control.

I'm indeed not a native speaker, but I did know about the "past perfect with
for/since" rule (even though it seems that while doing my studies in the
US has significantly increased my familiarity and fluency in English it
made my grammar significantly more sloppy).

My excuse for the mess is that the original message was "foo is obsolete;
use bar" and I just added "since XX" without noticing the need for the
verb's tense to be adjusted.


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