Re: E-Prime [was Hyper Cognitive Selectivity [Was Market efficiency and umbrellas]]

Christopher Maloney (
Wed, 07 Jul 1999 21:46:34 -0400 wrote:
> >I experimented with e-prime for several years.
> >Try it, you'll (perhaps) like it.
> What do you think about the is of gerund, as in "he is walking"?
> How about the is of passivity? "The door was closed"?
> I've used e-prime for a while myself, but it seems a bit of an
> unnecessary hassle in at least the first case.

Yes, and what about when is is being used to introduce an adjective, such as "she is beautiful"? I thought it was restricted to the "is of identity", but some of the examples seem to be these modification types of statements.

I think it all depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is.

Chris Maloney

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