E-Prime

E-Prime (short for English-Prime, sometimes denoted Eā€²) is a version of the English language that excludes all forms of the verb to be. E-Prime does not allow the conjugations of to beā€”be, am, is, are, was, were, been, beingā€” the archaic forms of to be (e.g. art, wast, wert), or the contractions of to beā€”'s, 'm, 're (e.g. I'm, he's, she's, they'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 translate into E-Prime as "I liked the film" or as "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.

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... Many authors have questioned E-Prime's effectiveness at improving readability and reducing prejudice (Lakoff, 1992 Cullen, 1992 Parkinson, 1992 Kenyon, 1992 ... at the University of California, Berkeley, summarized ten arguments against E-Prime (in the context of general semantics) as follows The elimination of a whole class of sentences results in ... and by the use of quotation marks - without using E-Prime ...