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Re: The wonderful Steve Arloff
Posted by Paul Corfield Godfrey on July 15, 2014, 1:02 pm, in reply to "Re: The wonderful Steve Arloff "
Any individual writer is always of course quite oblivious to his or her own idiosyncrasies, but I should point out that I do attempt to make a conscious decision as to whether to use "one" or "I" in a particular context. When I use "I" I am expressing a purely personal opinion or something specific to myself; when I use "one" I intend to convey that I would expect these opinions to find more universal acceptance or agreement. I may not be consistent in this (who is?) but I don't think I use "one" purely as a habit.
Actually in a review of nearly 800 words I only used "one" five times. In the same review I used "I" three times, and the distinction between the two usages - although doubtless unconscious - does differentiate between the purely personal and the more general. I suspect other 'culprits' may have the same motivation.
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