Re: Set [preposition]?

Subject: Re: Set [preposition]?
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 10:48:33 IST

Karen Kay says:
I really can't think of a situation
where 'set', 'modem', and 'for' all co-occur. It sounds colloquially
inaccurate to my ear.

The way you set your electric iron for wool or for cotton, I can
imagine you might think of setting a modem "for" a particular
speed. It means thinking of the speed more as a characteristic
of the data that the modem handles than as a characteristic of
the modem itself. I can understand such a point of view, but
I'm not sure I'd promote it...
mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il

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