On 2020-06-27 1:33 a.m., Steven D'Aprano wrote:
On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 11:36:47PM -0400, David Mertz wrote:
On Fri, Jun 26, 2020, 8:40 PM Steven D'Aprano email@example.com wrote:
"Clear and easily understandable" is subjective. What is clear and understandable to me may be impenetrably confusing to others, or obnoxiously dumbed down.
Strunk and White's most famous mandate of "omit needless words" is likewise subjective.
Take the word out of the sentence, and does the sentence still mean the same thing? Then the word was needless. That's an objective test.
Take word out of sentence, does sentence still mean same? Then word needless. Is objective test.