When tuning a database, it is important to have an established baseline for later comparison when the system is running poorly. A baseline data point helps identify the factors to check when diagnosing new performance problems.
I found the above sentence from Oracle online document Using Statspack, and I think that "identify the factors" should be change to "identification the factors" according to SVO (sentence structure),
Which word is correct? identify or identification ? and WHY?
Last edited by fenglish; 21-Feb-2010 at 10:35.
I also think "identify" is correct, but for a slightly different reason: the object in this sentence is omitted (in this case I would understood it as referring to "people in general").
Compare: "A baseline datapoint always helps." (Object not expressed)
It would also be possible to say: "...helps identification of the factors", in which case the whole long phrase from "identification" onwards functions as the object.