RE: Motivation: Gerund or Infinitive

The basic problem is with the English language, which often uses the same word as a noun and a verb. Why don't we pick a language that doesn't do that? ;-) –Bill Kasdorf

From: Benjamin Young []
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 4:49 PM
To: Denenberg, Ray
Cc: Web Annotation
Subject: Re: Motivation: Gerund or Infinitive

Well... :)

It would always technically *be* a verb, but I'm not sure it'd be clear in this JSON.

  "motivatedBy": "comment"

Really, though, the "to comment" form could be made as a custom set of SKOS Concepts for using the infinitive form:

But I'd want to see that available only as an extension and not mixed into the `oa` namespace as that would cause yet more confusion, I'm afraid.

Anyway. :) Saying the same thing different ways, so I'll let others weigh in.


On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM, Denenberg, Ray <<>> wrote:

From: Benjamin Young []<mailto:[]>

> oa:motivatedBy comment

> has potentially different meaning than

> oa:motivatedBy commenting


> The first (to me at least) implies that my annotation was motivated by a prior

> comment

Only if you take “comment” to be a noun, but the proposal is to use the infinitive form (where the "to" part of the infinitive is implied) thus it would always be understood to be a verb.


oa:motivatedBy  "comment"


" motivatedBy   to comment"

Admittedly this doesn't sound as good as if the predicate were (as we thought yesterday) oa:motivation.  in that case it would say:   "motivation: to comment".   Actually I’d like to change to predicate (back) to oa:motivation.


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