“…TECHNOLOGY HAS AN EXTENSIVE PRESENCE IN TECHNOLOGY….”

“…TECHNOLOGY HAS AN EXTENSIVE PRESENCE IN TECHNOLOGY…” RAB, at the wonderful You Know What I Meant blog, has a report from the first writing assignment of the college year. The blog shows college students learning to write and think under the guidance of a gifted teacher. The post is dated November 5 and is devoted to the first sentence of one essay: “It is an indisputable fact that technology has an extensive presence in technology and continues to evolve.”

RAB generously suggests that this is a sentence that “got lost somewhere”, but I think it is a reflection of a flaw that appears in a lot of current professional writing—beginning an essay with a pretentious generalization.

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One Response to “…TECHNOLOGY HAS AN EXTENSIVE PRESENCE IN TECHNOLOGY….”

  1. Ruth Anne has had past posts in which she has pointed out the
    sententiousness of the very young, especially in their opening statements.
    But what is WRONG with my spelling of sententiousness?

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