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In the computer world error messages are written without verb 'be'. For example,

  • file not found,
  • file not exist,
  • command not found,
  • no such file or directory

and so on. So why verb 'be' is being missed?

UPD My question is duplicate. See "not found" or "is not found"

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  • Because the video screen is only 40 characters wide.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 13:50
  • Because it saves space. Compare "файл не найден" with "файл не был найден" - "File not found" - "File was not found" you save a verb and therefore space Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 13:53
  • It seems to me no sence to save a few spaces when a file name can be very long. Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 14:03
  • Although it sounds reasonable Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 14:09
  • And let's not forget that the entire program, including all error messages, must fit on a 180K diskette.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 14:16

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