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Subject:Re: finally! a non-economics question! From:"Richard G. Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 11 Mar 2004 14:09:49 -0700
Lynne Wright wrote:
> I'm editing a manual by a writer who keeps using "associate to"... i've
> it so many times, I can't tell any more whether its acceptable usage
> as in the following statement:
> "Use this section to associate telephone lines to access buttons."
> it always "associate... with"?
OK, just to show that I can tackle non-economics questions... ;-)
Of the two, I'd choose "with." But I'd rather not use either. Maybe
something that states more explicitly the action that the reader performs in
that section, such as:
"Use this section to assign an access button to each telephone line."
Or, depending on the direction of the "association":
"Use this section to assign a telephone line to each access button."
There, see? An action verb -- and no mention of production, resources, or
supply and demand. :-)
Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant, a division of Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
richardDOTcombs AT voyanttechDOTcom
rgcombs AT freeDASHmarketDOTnet
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