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The Theory of E-Prime E-Prime is normal English without the verb to be in any form; it’s English without such words as is, are, was, were, am . The theory of E-prime holds that when you communicate without the verb to be (that is, in E-prime), you describe events more accurately (Bourland, 2004.; Wilson, 1989; Klein, 1992; Maas, 2002). For example, when you say, “Johnny is a failure,” the verb to be implies that “failure” is in Johnny rather than in your observation or evaluation of Johnny. The verb to be also implies permanence. That is, the implication is that because failure is
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Unformatted text preview: in Johnny, it will always be there; Johnny will always be a failure. A more accurate and descriptive statement might be Johnny failed his last two math exams. When you say, for example, Im not a good conversationalist or Im unpopular or Im lazy, you imply that these qualities are in you. But these are simply evaluations that may be incorrect or, if at least partly accurate, may change (Joyner, 1993). DeVito, J.A. (2007). The Interpersonal Communication Book . Boston: Pearson Education....
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