RE: Associatively speaking

Subject: RE: Associatively speaking
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "'McLauchlan, Kevin'" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 13:22:32 -0700

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

> If two things exist and they are already associated in some way, do you
> say that they are associated one TO the other, or one WITH the other?
> (I tend toward "with")

I say it's associated WITH or linked TO (I tend toward "linked," assuming it's appropriate for the context; associated seems kind of long and abstract :-) ).

> If one thing exists, and a new thing comes along, and some specific
> action is needed in order to create an association, do you say that a
> person must associate the one TO the other, or associate the one WITH
> the other? ( I tend toward "to")

I say associate one WITH the other or link/join one TO the other (I tend toward "link" or "join," assuming one of those is appropriate for the context).


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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