grammar correction chap 4.1 LFS 6.6

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 12:02:20 PST 2010


Chris Staub wrote:
> On 03/09/2010 11:41 AM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> stosss wrote:
>>> I believe it would be correct to drop the "a" inside the parenthesis
>>> in the last sentence of this chapter.
>>>
>>> Linux From Scratch - Version 6.6
>>> Chapter 4. Final Preparations
>>>
>>> 4.1. About $LFS
>>>
>>> bottom of page
>>>
>>> - Do not forget to check that $LFS is set whenever you leave and
>>> reenter the current working environment (as when doing a su to root or
>>> another user).
>>> + Do not forget to check that $LFS is set whenever you leave and
>>> reenter the current working environment (as when doing su to root or
>>> another user).
>> No, this is really correct as is.  su is a shorthand for 'switch user
>> command'.  If we spelled it out, the 'a' would  certainly be correct.
>> When making contractions, we don't drop articles (a, an, the).
>>
>>     -- Bruce
> 
> But, do you actually think "substitute user" every time you see an "su" 
> command? Besides, it may be a contraction, but it's still a command - 
> you don't actually type "substitute user", you type "su".

There is still an implied 'command' there, as in:

  as when doing a suu [command] to root.

I used suu here to emphasize the pronunciation.

   -- Bruce




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