attribute . . . as"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Dec 15 17:37:43 UTC 2009

One of my least favorite locutions, just encountered in a pretty good student's final exam paper: "The poet attributes the stars as having the ability to create emotion."

That "attribute . . . as" construction (also "attribute . . . with") is somewhat common in student writing. Is it "officially" stigmatized anywhere?


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