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Re: Bug#196226: ITP: libio-socket-inet6-perl -- Object interface for AF_INET6 domain sockets

On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 06:38:25PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 06:40:47PM +0200, Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von
> Bidder wrote:
> > On Thursday 05 June 2003 16:52, Masahito Omote wrote:
> > >                     IO::Socket::INET6" provides an object interface to
> > >                     creating and using sockets in the AF_INET6 domain. It
> > 
> > grammar: ... to create and use ...

> I'm not sure I agree. The -ing words are known as gerunds, which
> function as nouns, and in English grammar they're perfectly valid
> objects of prepositions. Think of it as shorthand for "to the process of
> creating and using sockets" if you like.

As long as the intended meaning is that it's an interface *to* creating
sockets, as opposed to the more common usage, an interface *for*
creating sockets.  Given the writer's native language contains neither
gerunds nor prepositions, it's probably a safe assumption that the
latter meaning is the intended one.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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