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Reply to "function of ‘diminishing’"

@deepcosmos posted:

. . . “In the workplace, automation’s focus on enhancing speed and efficiency . . . often has the effect of removing complexity from jobs, diminishing the challenge they present and hence the engagement they promote.”

. . . the implied subject of ‘diminishing’ is, I feel, the whole clause - “automation’s focus on enhancing speed and efficiency often has the effect of removing complexity from jobs” . . . .

Hi, Deepcosmos and Gustavo—What an interesting participial construction! I myself understand the implied subject of "diminishing" to be the nominal -ing phrase "removing complexity from jobs." Consider the following paraphrases:

  • Removing complexity from jobs diminishes the challenge they present and hence the engagement they promote.

  • [Automation's focus on enhancing speed and efficiency often has the effect of] removing complexity from jobs, which diminishes the challenge they present and hence the engagement they promote.
Last edited by David, Moderator
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