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    #1

    sampling/sample

    Hello Teachers,
    Please explain why we use "sampling" in this sentence.
    Here is a sampling of different kinds and sizes of resistors.
    Can I use "sample" instead of "sampling".
    Here is a sample of different kinds and sizes of resistors.
    I have never thought about the use of "sampling" when I write it.
    If I wrote the sentence like this, I would always use "sample".
    Please help me show the diffence between them?
    Thanks!

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    Re: sampling/sample

    Hi,

    IMO, it should be 'sample', not 'sampling'. However, there may be something I missed as a non-native speaker of English.

    charliedeut

    PS: sample - definition of sample by Macmillan Dictionary. #4 is the only instance of 'sampling', and it refers to music. However, as I said, maybe natives may have a different opinion.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 07-Aug-2012 at 09:24. Reason: Added PS
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: sampling/sample

    I would use "a sample", but it wouldn't surprise me if somebody came up with an example of "a sampling).

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    #4

    Re: sampling/sample

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "a sample", but it wouldn't surprise me if somebody came up with an example of "a sampling).
    Anything to oblige. There are 921 citations for 'a sampling' in COCA; 668 of these are for for 'a sampling of', where I would use 'a sample of'.

    There are only 43 citations for 'a sampling' in BNC, and only five for 'a sampling of'; in the others it's used as an attributive adjective.

    So, there seems to be a clear BrE/AmE difference here.

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    Re: sampling/sample

    Thanks for help!
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "a sample", but it wouldn't surprise me if somebody came up with an example of "a sampling).
    Do you mean that sampling can be used and correct?
    Do you think that it is a mistake? I read it in a book of native English speaker, therefore at first I thought it has other meaning?
    But it seem that I am wrong?
    Thank again

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    #6

    Re: sampling/sample

    Sorry, I missed the answer of 5jj, now I think I have my answers.

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