How to and the Gerund Response

Subject: How to and the Gerund Response
From: wanda <wanda -dot- jane -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Debra Stamnitz <dstamnitz -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 17:12:26 -0800

The issue with a gerund, as I understand it, is this: translating it,
like so much of translation, depends as much on the the noun being acted
upon as the verb. I think that some of the issue is a legacy of
machine-translation (as opposed to machine-assisted translation) where
the context may get munged.
We've been using gerunds to indicate task topics long before we moved to
strategies such as DITA. Our translations don't seem to have suffered.
My penny,

Debra Stamnitz wrote:
> I've heard gerunds are bad if you plan to translate the document. Is this true? We are getting ready to do our first translation this summer.
> Debra
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