recognize(ODWE, NSOED). Even the Oxford Concise recognizes the spelling as recognise but you won't find it in the UN official manual
This topic is so confusing to writers, but so important, that I have
produced a separate section.
reinforce (POD). This goes against the principle
of hyphenating vowels when they are pronounced separately.
reorganize (UN:359). See my comments on
The UN takes the rigid view of this, i.e. inspired by beliefs that
English is in fact Latin in modern dress: "In summaries of speeches,
reports, studies and the like, even though the statement constitituting
the 'that' clause may still be valid at the time of reporting, the verb
is changed from the present to the past tense..." [i.e. 'He said
his delegation strongly opposed the plan'] (UN:394).
Clearly, the author was immune to Eric Partridge's scorn (1947:265)
and the advice of Oliver Onions (Advanced English Syntax): "Variety
-- especially, as here, a very limited variety -- cannot compensate
for ambiguity, ponderousness, and verbosity. [...] It is slowly becoming
recognized that it is important, often indeed essential, to have the
speaker's exact words" (266).
McArthur notes that sequence of tenses "are not, however, used
in certain kinds of relaxed, colloquial reporting and storytelling"
(314-5). My advice is to go with Partridge/Onions and wait for someone
under 60 to complain.
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