Is this grammatically correct?

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Is this grammatically correct?

Post by Archived Topic » Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:01 pm

"There seems to be some problem with your workstation, as the link is working find at other places now. Anyway, I send you the link, which you can paste in your browser address bar and view the presentation."

I also don't find this construction strictly correct. Especially, the sentence "Anyway, I send you the link, which..." I believe is completely out of all grammatical order. I contested my stand on this to the author of the sentence and he wasn't ready to accept it. He's the one person who raised the objection to my using the phrase "stay on" with regard to a telephone extention.
Submitted by Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)
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Is this grammatically correct?

Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:15 pm

Sathyaish, I'm always delighted to interfere in a feud over trivia!

I would have written "Anyway, I am sending you the link, which you can paste into your browser address bar to view the presentation."

I'd probably also have written "...as the link is working fine now elsewhere."


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Is this grammatically correct?

Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:29 pm

Sathyaish,

The use of "as" in "as the link is working..." is not incorrect, but it isn't the best usage. The Handbook of Technical Writing, for example, writes that "As is the least definite connective to indicate cause; its use for that purpose is best avoided." The HTW recommends that you replace it with "because."

Lois, March 26, 2004
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:44 pm

There seems to be some confusion here. Lois, it is exactly _because_ 'as' is the 'least definitive connective to indicate cause' that it _is_ appropriate to use it here.

The problem with the workstation is not the _result_ of the link working fine elsewhere (as your implied wording: "There seems to be some problem with your workstation, because the link is working fine now elsewhere" would suggest), but is _independent_ of the link working fine elsewhere.

In Sathyaish's sentence, 'as' does not mean 'because'. It means 'as is demonstrated by (the fact that)...'.
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