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    When ascribing a date of circa 800 to the book

    When ascribing a date of circa 800 to the book, some authorities cite specific similarities between its style and that of several other discovered manuscripts for which production dates are known.

    I looked up on the dictionary for the use of 'Ascribe to', but I couldn't get the exact meaning of the bolded phrase.
    What does it mean? And can you please explain that kind of structure grammatically?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Amelot is offline Newbie
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    Re: When ascribing a date of circa 800 to the book

    Good catch. Not many native speakers would have seen that. The writer got it backwards. You assign a date to a book, and you ascribe a book to a date. Does that untangle the grammar for you?

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    Last edited by teechar; 12-Oct-2017 at 17:23. Reason: typo

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