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    Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Hello,

    I want to know can I recruit "pair" as a noun instead of "pairing" in the following sentence?

    These examples show that the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing, as discussed in chapter1.
    I have got another question which I think it is somehow related to the above question.

    Consider we have a verb like "live." The noun of the "live" is "life." In addition we can make another noun (living) using gerund.

    The question arises here is what's the difference between life and living? I mean some verbs have their own nouns but we can generate other nouns for them via gerund!

    If I want to choose a title for my book, which of the two following choices are appropriate?

    1) Worth life

    2) Worth living


    Which of the sentences below is correct?

    1) I envy his worth life.

    2) I envy his worth living.

    Thank you in advance,

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    I want to know can I recruit "pair" as a noun instead of "pairing" in the following sentence?
    No, not really. "Pairing" emphasizes that someone paired the two together.

    It is not clear what you think "worth life" or "worth living" means. Your sentences don't make sense.

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, not really. "Pairing" emphasizes that someone paired the two together.

    It is not clear what you think "worth life" or "worth living" means. Your sentences don't make sense.
    Consider I have two nouns (the verb noun "life," and another which I created it by gerund "living.") how should I understand that the using of one of them is correct and another one is wrong?

    What about this one?

    1) valuable life
    2) valuable living

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    I would say 'a valuable/liveable life', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    What about this one?

    1) valuable life
    2) valuable living
    Both are possible. As always, conntext is vital.

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Both are possible. As always, conntext is vital.
    I mean using them as a title of a book. Also please look at the two sentences above which I mentioned them in the first post. Your first language is English, as a native speaker which one of them is correct?

    I'm writing with my mobile phone and I'm not so comfortable with it. If you look at the first post you can see a sentence which I put it in quotation marks. I asked is it correct to use pairing instead of pair? An English user answered it is not correct but didn't mention it why it is not correct?

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    Your first language is English, as a native speaker which one of them is correct?
    My first language is not English, but I think neither is correct unless 'worth' is replaced with 'valuable', according to post#5 above.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    I asked is it correct to use pairing instead of pair? An English user answered it is not correct but didn't mention it why it is not correct?
    You asked if you could use 'pair' instead of 'pairing. You were told, correctly, that you can't, and were told why.

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    Re: Pair or pairing? [the relation between sound and meaning is an arbitrary pairing]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumia625 View Post
    I mean using them as a title of a book. Also please look at the two sentences above which I mentioned
    Neither is correct. Read post 2 again, in which your questions are all answered.
    Here's the relevant sentence from that post: "Your sentences don't make sense."

    It might have been a lot easier if you had posted one question only per post. Then you would not have to go back and forward.


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