re What is wrong with this sentence?

Subject: re What is wrong with this sentence?
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 09:35:01 -0400


> "ABC provides the XYZ interface using which you can
> create folders for storing your personal card information."

This is the sort of sentence for which the grammar
police stop you, check your papers, and let you off
with a stern warning. There's nothing ungrammatical
about it, but the use of "using" looks a bit as if you
thought "using" is a preposition. ("By which,"
"through which," "using which".) The appearance
of "storing" a few words later, its spelling constructed
similarly but its grammatical role entirely different,
adds to the air of confusion.

Mark L. Levinson
Herzliya, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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