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Old 09-18-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Over-persuasive and bad English

I found this when I was looking for some info on brochure publishing:
`You always want to design and print brochures that will give prospects information about your company, products and the services you offer.'
It's the `want' that I find interesting. Wouldn't: `You should always design and print brochures' etc. be better?
It's a common lapse, though. Quite often people say: `You don't want to do that', when what they really mean is: `I don't think that it's a good idea to do that'.
I hope I'm not being pedantic but I don't think that it's a good idea to use this kind of colloqual English in a publication.
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