Welcome again for the first time! As the article title clearly states, I want to offer some practical everyday E-prime examples to guide your learning.
Why would anyone try to talk like this?
Switch on the TV for any length of time, and you might notice in 2017 politics and media seem to molest the public and a most unsuitable way. I can guess this type of ritual torment of the citizenry extends at least 2300 year back, maybe more. Regardless, I seek a way to heal our language, and I think I found a winner in E-prime.
E-prime Examples for Greetings
Standard Greeting: “Hello, my name is Jones. How are you?”
E-prime Greeting: “Hello, Jones here. How do you do?”
You’ll notice some familiar non-gramatical greetings that seem to abide in E-prime:
E-prime Greeting: “What up?” or “How goes it?”
Of course, these have corresponding non-gramatical equivalents:
Standard Greeting: “What’s crackalackin?” (Notice shortened ‘What is’)
Personally, I think greetings sometimes drift out of formal grammar, in a seemingly acceptable way. It takes more effort for me to remember to try E-prime greetings, and I often revert to standard ways of saying things, when I don’t place extra attention on how I speak. Hmmm, I wonder if other people take their own speaking for granted like that?
E-prime Examples for Listening
If you want to reflect standard English in E-prime, I say go for it! I don’t find any big issue doing a quick translation of sorts. The whole idea of reflective listening encourages paraphrasing the speaker’s emotions and contents, so I usually just paraphrase in the active voice and it could get much easier.
Speaker:”I am totally worthless, and no one likes me.”
Listener: “You feel undervalued and like people avoid you.”
Listener:”Great! What else concerns you?”
E-prime Examples for Online Arguing