• Participles Becoming Prepositions – Some Arcane Information for Editors

    Author(s):
    Mary Pringle (see profile)
    Date:
    2001
    Group(s):
    Rhetoric and Composition
    Subject(s):
    English language
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Society for Technical Communication (STC) Region 6 Conference
    Conf. Org.:
    STC
    Conf. Loc.:
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Conf. Date:
    2 October 2001
    Tag(s):
    editing, participles, prepositions, technical communication, using
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KP7Z
    Abstract:
    In English, some participles have already become prepositions. The author noticed in her work as a technical editor that most of her writers seemed to perceive the participle using as a preposition already although it is not listed as such in the dictionary. The paper gives the evidence and rationale for making such a claim. It offers a window on written language change in progress and celebrates the language user’s ability to make the stolid dialect we call technical writing more vigorous and efficient by turning a participle into a preposition.
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