present/current, was on/of

Subject: present/current, was on/of
From: Jan Jackson <jjackson -at- SUSQ -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 13:02:08 -0400

I agree with Kenneth on this, but have a question about present/current as
in the "present working day." I vaguely remember something from college
English about "current" being preferred in this context, but can find
nothing in any of my usage manuals. Anyone else?

Claire writes:
>'This function produces a report on the transactions entered on the present
>working day.'
>Is it correct to use the construction '..a report on the ..' or '.. a report
>of the ..'?

Kenneth responds:
> I think it depends upon what the context is, doesn't it. If the
>report simply shows the transactions for the day, then I would say use 'of.'
>If the report gives information ABOUT the transactions (statistical data,
>averages, totals, etc.) then 'on' might well be appropriate.

Jan Jackson, Technical Writer
Susquehanna Investment Group
email: jjackson -at- susq -dot- com

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