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Man, the English language sure is complicated, isn't it? I too often
rationlize "Because it just sounds right!"
Thanks, and thanks to everyone else who has (already!) responded. If
anyone's interested in the more detailed explanations I got from a few
other members on the list, let me know. It sounds like the best way to
approach this is to take those sentences apart further, get rid of
unnecessary portions, and rearrange them. I'm usually pretty good at
that, but these particular sentence types throw me every time!
From: shankAtIndiaDotcom [mailto:ss_rajanala -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 9:51 AM
To: Brigitte Johnston; TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Sentence structure?
I don't know if these are the terms you are
looking for: infinitives and gerunds; and
To and toward are prepositions
> 1. "Analysis is the key to ensure that you are
> focusing your company's
> investment on the most important concern."
The 'to' here is actually 'in order to'; thus
written, it becomes really awkward. It is used as
if it were an infinitive 'to ensure'.
Or, if you write it as: To ensure ..., anyalysis
To, however, is a preposition here, and To
ensuring... is a prep phrase - more appropriate;
but playing it by the ear, it is a toss up
between ensure and ensuring in this example.
> 2. "Identifying the presence, type, and level
> of risk currently
> existing in the workplace is an essential step
> to reduce risks in the
Here, toward is called for because of the 'step'
and it is unmistakably a preposition, and it has
to be a followed by a noun (gerund - the ing
Does that make sense? That's grammar as I learned
quite some while ago.
Thanks and regards,
Sankara S Rajanala
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