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Re: Review of 19 August Editor's Draft of SKOS Primer

From: Thomas Baker <baker@sub.uni-goettingen.de>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:08:01 +0200
To: Sean Bechhofer <sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.uk>
Cc: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>, Thomas Baker <baker@sub.uni-goettingen.de>, SWD Working Group <public-swd-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20080820160801.GA1100@octavius>

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 03:42:14PM +0100, Sean Bechhofer wrote:
> >>-- The construct "various types of".  Guus
> >>   suggests "various types of notes" (plural), so I have
> >>   normalized to that -- including the change: "other types
> >>   of KOS's".
> >>
> >
> >Does it work the same with "kinds"? There are situation for which I  
> >have serious doubts (e.g. "kinds of hierarchical relation")
> 
> Hmm. Guus had a similar comment about Reference, asking for a change  
> from
> 
> "documented with various types of note"
> 
> to
> 
> "documented with various types of notes"

Actually, I made the changes in Primer to be consistent with
Guus's suggestion.  However...

> I personally prefer the former here, but would be interested if there  
> is an authoritative source....

It would appear to be a modeling issue!  A quick Google search [1]
yielded the following interesting exchange on english-test.net [2]:

> Dear teachers,

> Please read:
> 
> 1.No matter what kind of friend you make, I still love you.
> 2.No matter what kinds of friend you make, I still love you.
> 3.No matter what kind of friends you make, I still love you.
> 4.No matter what kinds of friends you make, I still love you.
> 5.No matter what friend you make, I still love you.
> 6.No matter what friends you make, I still love you.
> 
> What sentences are correct? What is the rule? If more than one sentences are correct, 
> what is the difference in meaning btw them?

and the answer:

> They are all basically correct.
> The difference depends on how many different kinds of friend, and the number of each kind.
> 
> Are you referring to
> (1) one friend of one kind,
> or (2) one friend each of different kinds,
> or (3) many friends of one kind
> or (4) many different friends of different kinds

So for the case of notes, "many different kinds - one of each
kind" would come out as:

    "documented with various types of note"

which is what Sean (and my editing ear) prefer.

Tom

[1] english grammar "kinds of" plural
[2] http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic12487.html

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Tom Baker - tbaker@tbaker.de - baker@sub.uni-goettingen.de
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