Skip to main content

a. There are so many variables as to the outcome of these games that it is impossible to make predictions.
b. There are so many variables regarding the outcome of these games that it is impossible to make predictions.


c. There are so many variables as to these games that it is impossible to make predictions.
d. There are so many variables regarding these games that it is impossible to make predictions.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Many thanks

Original Post
@azz posted:

a. There are so many variables as to the outcome of these games that it is impossible to make predictions.
b. There are so many variables regarding the outcome of these games that it is impossible to make predictions.


c. There are so many variables as to these games that it is impossible to make predictions.
d. There are so many variables regarding these games that it is impossible to make predictions.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Many thanks

Hi, Azz—Sentence (c) does not work, but it would if "as to" were fronted:

(c1) As to these games, there are so many variables that it is impossible to make predictions.

As to the possible objection "But (c) is like (a)!," I would answer that the reason (a) works is that the noun phrase introduced by "as to" has the semantic (not the syntactic) status of an embedded question, unlike the noun phrase introduced by "as to" in (c). Incidentally , in (c1), the "as to" phrase is a sentence modifier, not a modifier of "variables."

Last edited by David, Moderator

Add Reply

×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×