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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Do or Don't of Tom Swiftians

Do you write Tom Swiftians, he swiftly asked? 

I hear from students of being required in high school to write an entire research paper of ten pages without a form of the "to be" verb in the paper. I suppose, as a method to get the point across on the lack of color and strength in this verb, the requirement may be useful, but I'm a moderate guy who tends to avoid extremes.

A Tom Swiftian, once and a while, he said reasonably, doesn't give me a heart attack when it appears in a story, or a poem containing dialogue.

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