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I have no idea if it's preferable to say "set X on a firm foundation" or "put X on a firm foundation.

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the proposal is that historians need to adopt a methodology that will prevent errors and set the field of history on a firm logical and mathematical foundation.

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Hi, Andrew,

"Set" sounds more elegant to me than "put." However, you might consider saying something like "provide the study/field of history with a firm foundation."



the proposal is that historians need to adopt a methodology that will prevent errors and set the field of history on a firm logical and mathematical foundation.

Although we don't do proofreading here, please notice that you can do without "need" and use the subjunctive "adopt." Also notice that "set" is ambiguous, as the subject can be either "historians" (historians (need to) set) or "a methodology" (a methodology that will set).

Thank you again, Andrew, for your kind words. At the moment we have 17,687 members, but I think there are many guests who don't register and pass unnoticed. Since we moved from our old platform a few years ago, member nationalities have expanded immensely, which makes me think we are even more visible than we were in the past. We take this very seriously, but you should note that we do it on an unpaid basis and that, with those of us who answer questions being so few, it's really hard work. That's why we have included in our Guidelines a restriction to the number of threads each member can start per day, which I think is quite reasonable under the circumstances.

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