Re: E-prime -an interesting article.

J. R. Molloy (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 13:38:06 -0700

>--- "M. E. Smith" <> wrote:
>"A fetus is a human."
>Could easily be translated to E-prime as:
>"A fetus has the same rights as a human."
>Would E-prime really help much?

Actually, this example presents a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the merit of E-prime.

The verb "to be" often connotes an equation or identity, as your sentence about a fetus illustrates. But, of course a fetus does not equal a human. It seems to me that switching to E-prime handily reminds us that a fetus can become a human, so that we don't slip into equating a fetus with a human.

When does a fetus become a human? When it votes Libertarian, naturally!


--J. R. Molloy