In a recent answer on Aviation.SE I originally wrote:

Why is part from B777 being analysed by Airbus? Because it is not.

The answer immediately attracted some comments from the native English speakers of the community focusing on the incorrect structure of the sentence.

As I tried to explain later in the corresponding chat

I made the deliberate decision to write not in the best grammatical form to stress the point that the assumption behind the question is wrong. I'm not sure wether I achieve my goal, but my intent was the above.

I basically went for a double why-because question-answer sequence to build a rithm and to break it with the incorrect sentence structure to draw the reader attention on the point.

In the end, also given the technical predisposition of the SE community, I accepted the objections that were raised against my choice and I have not reverted the final edit, but I am still wondering: could have I achieved my intent? Would there have been better alternatives?

  • "Why is part from B777" should be "Why is a part from a B777" Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:17
  • @chaslyfromUK if you look at the answer linked you'll see that that was part of the original question that I simply quoted verbatim (and that got corrected subsequently)
    – Federico
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:20

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Why is a part from a B777 being analysed by Airbus? Because it is not.

The word "because" is used to introduce a reason.

"it is not" does not provide a reason for the part being analysed.

Instead I suggest,

"Why is a part from a B777 being analysed by Airbus? It isn't!"

  • I know that, and as said I deliberatly did it to create "dissonance" (stealing a music terminology). I'm asking wether it was appropriate and/or if better alternatives exist.
    – Federico
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:22
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    There is a dissonance but it doesn't work in English. The nearest I can suggest is, "...by Airbus? It isn't!" Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:30
  • could you consider adding the comment explanation into the answer to complete it?
    – Federico
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 5:53
  • @Federico - Certainly, no problem. Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 10:48

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