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  1. E-Prime(ProperNoun)

    A modified form of English that eliminates the verb be and thus avoids the passive voice, intended to reduce the dogmatism of language and the likelihood of misunderstanding and conflict.

  2. Origin: Coined by its inventor, D David Bourland, Jr. (1928-2000).

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  1. E-Prime

    E-Prime is a prescriptive version of the English language that excludes all forms of the verb to be. E-Prime does not allow the conjugations of to be—be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being— the archaic forms of to be, or the contractions of to be—'s, 'm, 're. Some scholars advocate using E-Prime as a device to clarify thinking and strengthen writing. For example, the sentence "the film was good" could not be expressed under the rules of E-Prime, and the speaker might instead say "I liked the film" or "the film made me laugh". The E-Prime versions communicate the speaker's experience rather than judgment, making it harder for the writer or reader to confuse opinion with fact.

Anagrams of E-Prime »

  1. epimer

  2. premie

  3. empire

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