Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    mowow is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Indonesian
      • Home Country:
      • Indonesia
      • Current Location:
      • Indonesia
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    1

    Post Dating Back To

    Could there be a misusage of 'date back to' in this:

    "While simple log-log plots may be instructive in detecting possible power laws, and have been used dating back to Pareto in the 1890s, validation as a power laws requires more sophisticated statistics."

    The verb phrase 'date back to' means 'begin to exist since', not 'since'. So shouldn't 'dating back to' be replaced with 'since' in the example?

    context info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log-log_plot#Applications

  2. #2
    Gillnetter is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,690

    Re: Dating Back To

    Quote Originally Posted by mowow View Post
    Could there be a misusage of 'date back to' in this:

    "While simple log-log plots may be instructive in detecting possible power laws, and have been used dating back to Pareto in the 1890s, validation as a power laws requires more sophisticated statistics."

    The verb phrase 'date back to' means 'begin to exist since', not 'since'. So shouldn't 'dating back to' be replaced with 'since' in the example?

    context info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log-log_plot#Applications
    No, it's acceptable as it is.
    Buses have had air brakes dating back to the early 20th Century.
    Buses have had air brakes since the early 20th Century.

    Both of the sentences above have the same meaning.

  3. #3
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    31,864

    Re: Dating Back To

    Clone of banned user.

    Thread closed.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •