Do you have any objections as to the use of 'as to'?
- — Cathy Relf (@caffyrelf)Tue, Dec 20 2011 18:31:58Quick question: do you object to the "as to" in "without causing any confusion as to the meaning", and if so, why? What would you prefer?
- — Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief)Tue, Dec 20 2011 18:31:58@caffyrelf Can't stand it - almost as bad as 'in relation to'! Clumsy faux formalism that's afraid of ordinary prepositions. Try 'about'.
- — Jacob Funnell (@Jacob_Funnell)Tue, Dec 20 2011 18:31:58@caffyrelf I don't think it matters. The only time it would be a problem is if it were liberally repeated, but that applies to all words.
- — James Eagle (@grouchotendency)Tue, Dec 20 2011 18:31:58@caffyrelf I'd probably use "over" 'cos "as to" sounds a bit bureaucratese to me. Just personal preference though
- — Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief)Tue, Dec 20 2011 18:31:58@caffyrelf Yeah, I keep vaguely meaning to blog about preposition abuse but the red mist makes me inarticulate! And yes, 'over's better.
- — Steven Shingler (@sshingler)Tue, Dec 20 2011 18:31:58@caffyrelf Absolutely. Horrid. Makes one sound like a Copper. "without confusing" is usually fine. Another ugly syntax: "in terms of..."
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