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    The controversy of 'relating to' or 'related to' (I've a good example?)

    I've read related threads and googled this but still don't quite know when should relating be used. Normally, we opt for 'related to' and it seems that relating to is redundant.

    E.g. This is related (relating is wrong) to the government policy.
    E.g. Related (relating?) to that, I'd like to add a bit more.

    I've received an email from a professor, who's a native ENglish speaker. In the email, there's this phrase 'relating to'. Much appreciated if you can share if 'relating to' is used correctly and why. It'd be even better if you can expound based on this example on the minute differences between relating to and related to. Many Thanks

    The bit from the email is:
    Feel free to identify specific items relating to discourse Analysis and anything else that you'd like to catch-up on relating to qualitative analysis.

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    Re: The controversy of 'relating to' or 'related to' (I've a good example?)

    To me they are largely interchangeable, but our members may have other ideas.

    While you are waiting, you are free to browse similar threads in another forum:

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    Re: The controversy of 'relating to' or 'related to' (I've a good example?)

    The professor made two small errors: analysis should not be capitalized, and catch up should not be hyphenated. I've been noticing stray hyphens like that more and more lately; it seems that people are unsure whether to hyphenate, and decide they'd better do it just in case. Catch-up is an adjective ("we've scheduled three catch-up sessions to make up for the time we lost after the wind storm"). Catch up is a phrasal verb.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The controversy of 'relating to' or 'related to' (I've a good example?)

    They are not always interchangeable but they are in this example:

    Feel free to identify specific items relating/related to discourse Analysis...

    They could be rephrased as which relate to.../which are related to...

    Maybe the confusion is related to the fact that the verb relate has a sense of reciprocity -- that is, if two things relate to each other, they are related.



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