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    Question using vs. via

    1. "This problem can be analyzed using the method proposed by Smith (1989)."
    2. "This problem can be analyzed via the method proposed by Smith (1989)."

    As far as I know both sentences carry exactly the same information; however, once, in formal writing, I was asked to change via to using. Should, then, via be avoided in formal writing, or maybe it can be used without hesitation? Google Scholar shows a strong preference for using.

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    Nyggus

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    Re: using vs. via

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    1. "This problem can be analyzed using the method proposed by Smith (1989)."
    2. "This problem can be analyzed via the method proposed by Smith (1989)."

    As far as I know both sentences carry exactly the same information; however, once, in formal writing, I was asked to change via to using. Should, then, via be avoided in formal writing, or maybe it can be used without hesitation? Google Scholar shows a strong preference for using.

    Thanks,
    Nyggus
    No, but - in formal writing* - it should reserved for referring to places. 'He went to Paris via London' is OK in formal writing, though in some house styles there may be a preference for 'Englished' abbreviations (which accounts for uncomfortable translations such as "which see" instead of "qv" - discussed in some recent thread, which I can't find at the moment). In cases like this, the preferred wording would be 'He went to Paris by way of London' or 'He went to London on his way to Paris'.

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    * And some grammarians would prefer this restriction to be more general.

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