I lately lost a preposition

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Feb 5 22:07:49 UTC 2008

On Feb 5, 2008, at 1:16 PM, Andrea Morrow wrote:

> Here is one I saw today on CNN.com:
> "More data doesn't always equate knowledge."

a few more examples of transitivizing "equate" by losing a preposition
("to" or "with"):

   $$ does not equate success in education.

   Having arbitron ratings that equal a thousand or two doesn't equate
success. I know 19yr olds who earn more $ than this twerp.

   Does money equate happiness for you?

  Independent film doesn't equate quality.

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