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  Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Just Say No to Be

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.

The result may appear wishy washy, but more accurate. Also see: E-Prime Tutorial A Laymen's View [Edited entry from 1/28/2006] See all Topics

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<Doug Klippert@ 3:25 AM

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